Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harriet Cohen

Letter No.: 
9th March, 1949

The White Gates,

My dear Harriet,

Please forgive a dictated letter, but it makes me more legible.
I was so sorry to hear of your accident but I feel sure that you will soon be using both hands as merrily as ever, and will have no need for one-handed pieces.1
I shall be most interested to hear the records of the Hymn Tune Prelude.2
Yours sincerely,

R. Vaughan Williams

(R. Vaughan Williams).

Miss Harriet Cohen, C.B.E.,
8, Gloucester Place Mews,
Portman Square,
London, W.1.

1.  Cohen had fallen while carrying glass and had cut her right hand badly, as a result of which Bax wrote her a Concertante for left hand and orchestra. [OWN]
2.  VW is referring to Hymn Tune Prelude on ‘Song 13’ by Orlando Gibbons, CW 1930/3, of which Harriet Cohen gave the first performance on 14 January 1930 at the Wigmore Hall


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MS Mus. 1648, f. 67
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Typewritten, signed.

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