Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Frank (OUP)

Letter No.: 
June 21st 1953.

From R. Vaughan Williams
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Frank,

Thank you for your letter of June 19th. As regards “Shrubsole” you suggested at one time printing the tune. I did not like the idea, but on thinking it over I find that I should not object to a facsimile reprint of the original tune being included. The tune was printed in “The Gospel Magazine”, November 1779, but without the composer’s name or the name of the tune. In 1780 it appeared with its title and composer’s name in A Collection of Psalm Tunes by Stephen Addington ... I suppose that both of these are in the British Museum.1


1. Stephen Addington, A Collection of Psalm tunes for Publick Worship, adapted to Dr. Watts’s Psalms and Hymns. To which are added Several Other Tunes with a short Introduction to Singing. The Third Edition; corrected & enlarged, Market Harborough, 1780. In the event the tune was not included.


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File 119W
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Typewritten, signed. This letter written in connection with forthcoming publication of VW's writings; see VWL2666  and VWL2478.

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