Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Michael Kennedy

Letter No.: 
VWL3312
March 29th 1958.

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

My dear Michael,

Thank you so much for liking the new Symph.1  I have made a few alterations in the scoring and in the metronome marks – and specially the last movement where I have speeded it up a bit all through and made a short cut, of about fifteen bars in the middle, I am sure it is an improvement.
I do hope that long and tiring expedition was not bad for Eslyn.
I wonder if you disliked the Carmelites2 as much as we did?  We must meet on Wednesday, at the party if not at the concert.3
Love from both of us to both of you.
Love

R4
& U.


1.  The Ninth Symphony (Catalogue of Works 1957/4) of which Kennedy had attended a rehearsal on 21 March.
2.  The VWs had recently heard  Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites (1957).  See VWL3377.
3.  The first performance of the symphony.
4.  This letter is printed in part in Kennedy, Works of Vaughan Williams, p. 382.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 159, f.221
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 740
Original database number: 
580329