Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Herbert Byard

Letter No.: 
Jan 3 [?1950]

The White Gates

Dear Mr Byard
I added the extra scene to "Hugh" because in we were told it was too short - that in the provinces they "wanted their moneys worth!".1
But it was never a success both dramatically & musically it is poorer & an addition entirely spoils the dramatic effect of the sudden hush at the old beginning of Act II coming straight after the noisy finish of Act I.  So I never want to hear it or see it again!
Yrs ever
R. Vaughan Williams

1.  Hugh the Drover, Catalogue of Works 1924/2.  The request possibly came from the publishers, Curwen.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/5, f.9

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 162, f.14; MS Mus. 1714/2/4, ff.128-129
Cobbe 533; R.V.W.: a biography, p.422
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