Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Robert Müller Hartmann

Letter No.: 
14th August, 1947

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Müller-Hartmann

I am so glad you like the idea of May Harrison playing your work. I think it would be nice if you wrote to her yourself, here is her address
647 Nell Gwyn House,
Sloane Avenue,
London S.W.3.

Meanwhile here is something I should like you to do for me if you feel inclined. The young man who writes my music for me1 is at present away on holiday, will you do it? What I want you to do is to correct any mistakes before I send it to the copyist and also tell me of any places where you think I have made any error of judgment. The work is a suite for string orchestra. I should be very grateful if you would do this for me.2

R. Vaughan Williams

P.S. My usual typist is away!

1.  Roy Douglas, who at this time was working hard preparing a full score of the Sixth Symphony. See Douglas, Working with Vaughan Williams, p.11 ff.
2.  The work in question is the Partita for Double String Orchestra, Catalogue of Works 1938/5a, a re-working of the 1938 Double Trio for string sextet. The Partita is dedicated to Robert Müller-Hartmann.


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MS Mus 1714/2/6, f. 102
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Typewritten with manuscript additions by VW.

Cobbe 481; White, Dear Müller-Hartmann, 34
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