Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to William McKie

Letter No.: 
VWL2550
November 24th 1952.

The White Gates,
Dorking.

Dear McKie,

I find I never answered your letter about the anthem.1 I do not quite understand whether you only want the words you quote set, which, without several repetitions will not last more than thirty seconds; or do you want the whole thing, with the bit about the lions?2 or will that run too much into Sir John Goss?3 I hope you will be able to put the Old Hundredth through.
Yours sincerely,

R. Vaughan Williams


1. VW had been asked to compose an anthem to the words O taste and see (Catalogue of Works 1952/3) a setting of Psalm 34 v 8, for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June 1953.
2. The setting does not proceed to verse 10: ‘The lions do lack, and suffer hunger’.
3. Sir John Goss, organist of St Paul’s Cathedral 1838-1872, composed a setting of the same text.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/20, f. 201

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
WAM KMC/02/05A/005
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 594
Original database number: 
521124