Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Herbert Byard

Letter No.: 
VWL3499
[August 1956]

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

Dear Byard
I am sorry you are not going to Dartington - your account of it sounds most depressing1 - I have never heard of Richard Halse - I hope he is not one of those people who thinks that wrong notes2 are the only music - If it means anything really to people by all means good luck to them - To my mind it only sounds dreary not solemn or gay or even vulgar but just dreary.
yrs
RVW


1.  See VWL3358. Byard had apparently applied for a job at Dartington but following an interview, was not successful.
2. VW's phrase for 'atonal music'.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/5, f.26

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 162, f.24
Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 692
Original database number: 
5608xa