Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Douglas Lilburn

Letter No.: 
VWL2249
23rd May, 1951.

The White Gates,
Dorking, Surrey,

Dear Lilburn

I have been reading your article in the Magazine “Landfall” and like it very much.1 It has also been much admired by other people.
I am ashamed to say that I never wrote to you after Fred Page had played your work at Wigmore Hall.  I like it very much and admired his playing of it, and Ruth Pearl2 as well.
I am very angry with the B.B.C. for turning it down. I don't know quite what we can do in the matter.
Yrs

R. Vaughan Williams

(R. Vaughan Williams).

Douglas Lilburn, Esq.,
Victoria University College,
Wellington,
New Zealand.


1. Landfall was a New Zealand literary journal. Lilburn's article discusses the work of VW and his effect on the author, in the issue for March 1951; n.17:p.57-62
2. The pianist Frederick Page and the violinist Ruth Pearl. The work played was clearly Lilburn's Violin Sonata.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Papers 2483

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/6, f. 43
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
510523