Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to the Editor of The Times

Letter No.: 
VWL2466
September 12 [1952]

Hereford

Sir

Your Music Critic’s astounding criticism of Stanford’s Stabat Mater prompts us, whose names are given below, to place on record our opinion that this magnificent work is one of the finest which have come from these islands. Your Critic suggests the influence of Verdi. The only likeness we can see lies in the fact that both composers wrote with mastery both for voice and orchestra. Who but an Irishman could have written the beautiful tune of “Fac ut portem”?1
Yours faithfully

Herbert Howells
R. Vaughan Williams 


1. The letter was published in The Times, 52, no. 418, p.7 on 16th September.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/19, f. 133
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Printed newspaper.

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Letter
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520912