Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Roy Douglas

Letter No.: 
14th June, 1950

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Roy Douglas

First I want to thank you most heartily for your splendid work on my Folk Song Cantata.1
Now I hear that you have been troubled with me again. There are three points about the “Fantasia” I want you to look out for:2
1. The pitch of the piccolo. I sometimes think I write it too high and sometimes too low. Please alter that according to your own taste.
2. The pitch of the Glockenspiel. The same thing applies.
3. At letter H I think it ought to have added some more red ink organ in those places where at present it has bars rests. Will you add those if you think fit?

R Vaughan Williams

I think it will really be better to have two scores one full orchestra & the other str: & organ – I think Foote3 is writing to you about this

1. Folk songs of the four seasons. See VWL1971.
2. Fantasia on Christmas carols.
3. Guthrie Foote was Music Editor of Oxford University Press.


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Add MS 63547, f. 13
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Partly typewritten

Douglas, Working with Vaughan Williams, p.19
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