Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Joanna Hadley

Letter No.: 
VWL209
[About 1st October 1906]

13 Cheyne Walk
S.W.

Dear Mrs Hadley

I can let you have the vocal & dancing part of the music quite soon now.  I don't quite understand who sings what in the “Vanity Fair” Scene.  Do the 4 men sing “Let charming Bacchus” - I don't know the words - I suppose they [are] real Elizabethan -  in which case they wd have a tune of their own - can you tell me where I shall find it?  Or if the wandering musician is supposed to sing it then I think we will put a real folk-song instead - and what has “Down among the Dead men” to do with it?
Yrs very truly

R. Vaughan Williams

P.S.  I see I have not answered all your questions.  I do not know any of the players you mention - but if they are good players it shd be all right.  I shall meet my orchestra on the 10th1  & can get some more then.

I'm afraid I can't suggest any one for the songs - unless possibly Alison Philips wd - though I don't think I can ask him


1. October 10th

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
Add. MS 70935, ff.4-5
General notes: 

VW was composing music for Pilgrim's Progress

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
061001