Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Frank (OUP)

Letter No.: 
1st. September, 1950.

The White Gates,

Dear Frank,

I find that I never answered you about printing the score of the “Partita”.  If it is not now too late I ought to see the manuscript and check it through before it goes to the printer.
I enclose herewith a piece of music with an assurance that it is not a breach of our “gentlemen’s agreement”, since the original Latin version was published by Curwen before the O.U.P. Music Section came into existence.1
I also find I have not answered your letter of August 23rd. I agree to paying £5.5. 0d to Miss Williams for the pianoforte part of my Cantata, and that the amount should be deducted from my royalties.2
Yours sincerely,

R Vaughan Williams

(R. Vaughan Williams).

Alan Frank, Esq.,
Oxford University Press,
44, Conduit Street,
London, W.1.


1. Probably the motet O Vos Omnes, Catalogue of Works 1922/2, which had been published by Curwen. An English version, Is it nothing to you, adapted by Maurice Jacobson was published by them in 1950.
2. Grace Williams had apparently prepared a fair copy of the vocal score of Sons of Light, Catalogue of Works 1950/3. See VWL2075.


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File 119E
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Typewritten, signed.

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