Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Guthrie Foote (OUP)

Letter No.: 
VWL2392
9th April, 1952.

The White Gates,
Dorking,
Surrey.

Dear Foote,

I will, in a day or two send a vocal score of my “Oxford Elegy”.  I hope you will be able to come to a satisfactory arrangement with Mr. Rose over photographing the vocal parts.1
As regards “The Folk Songs of the Four Seasons”, the International Folk Dance Conference want to give a concert in a small room with a small choir and the Boyd Neel Orchestra. This would, or course, involve another re-scoring as the present orchestration with trombones & c. would simply swamp the Boyd Neel strings and the small chorus.  I will, with your permission, get Roy Douglas on to this.  This, I presume would be between me and him and the International Folk Dance Conference as regards finance; but perhaps you will allow him to make use of one of your present full scores for the purposes of “cueing in”.2
Yours sincerely,

R. Vaughan Williams

P.S. I am supposed to know nothing about it but I believe the Dorking people want to do it on Oct 12.3


1. See VWL2388.
2. This reduced orchestration is not mentioned in Kennedy, Catalogue of Works.
3. i.e. to celebrate VW’s 80th birthday.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
File 2008H
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed. Postscript in hand of VW.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
520409b