Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Anthony Scott

Letter No.: 
July 30th 1955

From R. Vaughan Williams,
10, Hanover Terrace,
Regents Park,
London, N.W.1.

Dear Tony,

Thank you so much about the Tuba.1 I am now having a flirtation with her young cousin the flugel horn2 whose aquaintance I first made in the Salvation Army Band: she has more or less the same compass as the Cornet, but is much more mellow, though not so active.  I need hardly say that, she3 being a Salvationist, I do not use the word mellow in its technical sense.
Our love to Ruth,


1.  Presumably a letter about the Tuba Concerto, Catalogue of Works 1954/2.
2.  This passage perhaps indicates that VW had started work on the Ninth Symphony, with its prominent part for the flügel horn.  He had first encountered it shortly before in writing Prelude on three Welsh hymn tunes, Catalogue of Works 1955/2, for the Salvation Army.
3.  "She" added in manuscript.


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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/21, ff. 103-104
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.

Cobbe 655
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