Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Frank

Letter No.: 
[November 1950]

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

Dear Frank1

Herewith the libretto - I make no promises that it will not be largely [or] even fundamentally altered during rehearsal. I cannot thank you enough for all you did on Saturday - my jeremiads were as usual unfounded & I was much comforted - you know me by now & have, I hope, always a pinch of salt ready in your trouser pocket.
I forget whether you were still there when they asked Mrs  Wood to write about the stories, on which subject the modern boys and girls are extremely ignorant - the question is shall it go into the copy or be a separate pamphlet - I prefer the former.2

R. Vaughan Williams

1. Head of the Music Department at the Oxford University Press. 
2. The work referred to appears to be The Sons of Light, with words by UW, which was written for a mass choir of over 1,000 voices from the Schools Music Association of Great Britain, and first performed at the Royal Albert Hall under Adrian Boult on 6 May 1951. 


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/18, ff. 195-196
General notes: 

Date assumed to be close to VWL2119.

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