Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Mr Burghes (OUP)

Letter No.: 
VWL3606
March 11 [1932]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Mr Burghes,
I suppose we must give in to Novellos -
With regard to "Mendelssohn" I feel very doubtful whether Walford Davies and Dyson have not infringed copyright, since as far as I can remember, their revision differs from the Mendelssohn original in exactly the same particulars as the Cummings version. I hardly think that Novellos can dare to charge more than a nominal fee - but if they do I suggest that you should obtain for me an undoubtedly non-copyright copy of the original Mendelssohn 'Festgesang' and I will make my own arrangement from that.
Yours sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

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Music Department, English Hymnal Company, General Correspondence, 1932
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Letter