Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Frank (OUP)

Letter No.: 
VWL3180
8th June, 1949.

The White Gates,
Dorking,
Surrey.

Dear Frank,

A great many years ago, before the O. U. P. music section was invented I published a motet, “O Vos Omnes” with Curwen’s.1 I also made an English version but at the time they did not publish this. Now they have suddenly taken it into their heads to do so and I have received the proof this morning. I want you to know this, otherwise you might think it was a new work and that I had broken our “Gentlemen’s agreement”.2
Yours sincerely,

R. Vaughan Williams


1.  Catalogue of Works 1922/2. The English version, published in 1950, was adapted by Maurice Jacobson.
2.  See also VWL2937 for a description by VW of the arrangement subsisting between himself and the OUP. See also Kennedy, Works of Vaughan Williams, p.193. Perhaps with the reprimand in VWL2937 in mind, Frank responded thanking VW for his courtesy in letting him know about this.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
File 119
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Typewritten, signed.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
490608b