Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Smith

Letter No.: 
VWL1929
August 19 [1944]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Mr Smith

I was much interested in your letter. I can imagine how hungry you must be for music “out there”.1 I wonder if the struggle between the “classical” and the “popular” music will ever be resolved - I sometimes feel that we must eventually find some kind of music which will satisfy both sides.
As regards my new symphony I suppose it’s a good record - but records never satisfy me so I hope you will be able to hear it in “real life” or even over the wireless before you hear the record.
I enclose a photograph - It’s your own fault - you asked for it!
Yours sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams


1. Alan Smith was on military service in Italy.

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In the hand of AVW signed by VW.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 436
Original database number: 
440819a