Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cedric Thorpe Davie

Letter No.: 
VWL3178
15th June, 1949.

The White Gates,
Dorking,
Surrey.

Dear Cedric

Please quote the whole Symphony if you feel inclined to, but whatever you do, do not make acknowledgments.
Dear Robin Milford is always plastering his printed works with notes such as “This C natural is taken from Vaughan Williams’ Symphony”, or “The D flat in the third bar is a quotation from Elgar’s Gerontius”, or “I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to Dr. R. O. Morris for the bar’s rest on Page 27”.
I am glad the Snobopolis Festival is recognising its own country at last.1
My love to Bruno
Yrs

RVW


1.  For the 1949 Edinburgh Festival Davie made arrangements of folk music for Allan Ramsay’s The Gentle Shepherd. This pastoral drama of 1725 was usually staged as a ballad opera with Scots airs. Davie had also contributed incidental music to the 1948 Edinburgh Festival.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS37758//5/271
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Typewritten, signed.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 524
Original database number: 
490615