Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Arnold Barter

Letter No.: 
8th September, 1950.

The White Gates,
Dorking, Surrey.

Dear Barter

I see you are doing my “104th” tune1 on November 25th.  You do not mention the name of the pianoforte soloist.  I hope it is going to be Michael Mullinar for whom it was written and who plays it magnificently.
I had hoped to see you at Gloucester, but if you were there I missed you.  It was a very delightful Festival.2

R. Vaughan Williams

Arnold Barter, Esq.,

1. Fantasia (Quasi Variazione) on the “Old 104th” Psalm tune for Piano, chorus and orchestra, Catalogue of Works 1949/3.
2. The festival had included the first performances of Finzi’s Intimations of Immortality and Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi - see Anthony Boden, Three Choirs: a history of the festival (Stroud, 1992), p.192.

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