Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gerald Finzi

Letter No.: 
VWL2127
[27th September 1946]

Dear Gerald

I'm sorry about the music - I will return it. (I think Miss Cullen1 has the Purcell.)
Quite at yr leisure I shd like the Parry which I sent by mistake.
As regards yr choice of music
Why not do King Arthur (Novello's shortened version - which leaves out a lot of good things but makes it of reasonable length). When we did it Fanny Farrer wrote a splendid connecting story (embodying a good deal of Dryden) which Steuart2 declaimed with great effect. (I think I could get a copy for you.) Otherwise I suppose you could not bea[t]
(A) Meistersinger selection (Curwen)
(B) Phaudrig Crohoore (Boosey)3
The choirs love them.
I suppose you are beyond Orpheus Act II4 & “Spring”5  - By the way we once did Autumn & Winter - lovely - & great fun when the sportsmans gun goes off & the young woman sings what is supposed to be an improper ballad with punctuations by the choirs of Ha! ha! ha!
My love to Joyce
Yrs

RVW

PTO & PS6


1.  Margery Cullen, conductor of various choirs in the Leith Hill Musical Festival at various times but mainly Mickleham. See And Choirs Singing: An account of the Leith Hill Musical Festival 1905-1985, Leith Hill 1985.
2.  Steuart Wilson, the tenor.
3.  By Stanford.
4. By Gluck.
5.  From Haydn's Seasons.
6.  The remainder of the letter is not extant.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
Finzi Box 10
General notes: 

Date from postmark.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 465
Original database number: 
460927