Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adrian Boult

Letter No.: 
October 30th 1955

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

Dear Adrian,

I do not want to say in public that I have had differences of opinion with Stanford.  I did quote once, in print somewhere, some reminiscences of my lessons with him in which he disapproved of my flattened sevenths in harmonizing folksongs.1 But he is not the only person who has done so, and I do not want this small episode to be magnified into a “difference of opinion”.  So please may we leave it alone?2


1. In A Musical Autobiography, reprinted in National Music.
2. This was to do with the Composers’ Concourse at which VW spoke about Parry and Stanford as teachers. See R.V.W.: a biography, pp.367-368. It took place on 17th November (information from Oliver W. Neighbour who was present).


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MS Mus. 1714/1/21, f. 31
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Typewritten, signed.

Cobbe 664
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