Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gerald Finzi

Letter No.: 
VWL2008
28th June, 1950.

The White Gates,
Dorking, SURREY.

I know that passage well and remember hearing the rehearsal of what, I believe, was the first performance.1
I remember hearing Harford Lloyd talk in admiration of it to Bantock.2 He (Bantock) said, rather tentatively it seemed to him to be an imitation of Bach’s ‘Wachet Auf.’!
I am writing to Brooke3 and enclose a copy of my letter.
Love to Joyce
Yrs

RVW

(R. Vaughan Williams).

Gerald Finzi, Esq.,
Ashmansworth,
near Newbury, BERKS. 


1.  The work in question is Parry's cantata Beyond these Voices, identified in the enclosure to this letter, which is VWL5003. The passage referred to is 'To everything there is a season'.
2. Granville Bantock, composer, and Charles Harford Lloyd, composer and organist.
3. Harold Brooke, of Novello & Company. See VWL5003.

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
Finzi Box 10
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed, with manuscript additions.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
500628