Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Genia Hornstein

Letter No.: 
Friday [?1942 or later]

The White Gates

Dear Genia
Do you think I might venture to ask Mr Müller Hartmann to glance through a composition that has been sent me from Germany? - A friend of ours Helena Hoven1 a Russian now married to an Englishman and living in london is very anxious about her niece who is married to a German composer. They are both in a camp for displaced persons in Munich with 2 children and are trying to get to America. Ralph told Helena he could do nothing without some knowledge of the German composers musical attainments. The result - after long delays - is a thick roll of manuscript - (I fear it may be a symphony!)
My friend Helena fled with her parents & niece & nurse during the Russian revolution. They were first in Malta & then came to England so we have known her & her family off and on for many years. Ralph always says he can't read a score & I think just now it might be the last straw- But you will tell me honestly whether we can venture to ask for help from Mr. Müller Hartmann,
Love from
A M Vaughan Williams

1. See also VWL1513 where RVW writes to support Helena.

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MS Mus 1714/2/6, ff. 98-99
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