Verse to Gerald Finzi [by Finzi]

Letter No.: 
VWL2963
[August 1954]

Lines1 found in a wastepaper Basket shared by RVW & Crispin,2 authorship therefore uncertain.

I fear I’m no judge:
but the work of Rev: Mudge3
seems nothing but fudge,
and you won’t make me budge,
in spite of his Herald
to wit, our friend, Gerald. 

PS. Re: English Composers, please tell the Finney’s about Rawsthorne.4


1. This verse was apparently written by Gerald Finzi, as if by VW, and enclosed with a letter of thanks just after the Finzis’ visit to the VWs in London (see R.V.W.: a biography, p.346) when Finzi's edition of Mudge's Concerto no.4, published in December 1954, would have been at proof stage. The reply is VWL2964.
2. The eldest cat, which had been a present from the Finzis.
3. The composer Richard Mudge.
4. The VWs were due to visit the American composer Ross Lee Finney and his wife during their forthcoming visit to North America. Finney was Professor of Music at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

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Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
Finzi Box 10
General notes: 

Typewritten.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
5408xa