Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gilbert Murray

Letter No.: 
VWL377
November 30th [1911]

13 Cheyne Walk
 Chelsea

Dear Professor Murray

I am so sorry I have had to alter the date but I received no answer for nearly 10 days from Mr Duncan1 and then his secretary wrote to say that December 7th was impossible. Could you be at 57A Cadogan Square by 11.30 a.m. on Tuesday December 5th. We shall start rehearsing the music at 10.30 so if you cared to come up by the earlier train you would hear it in the rough. Indeed I am afraid the whole performance will be very rough as many of them are amateurs and we have had very little time for rehearsal but I hope you may get some idea of what it will sound like. Mrs Wheeler has kindly promised to be there and will go through the music for Electra.2
The selection we are doing is (a) ‘Onward O labouring tread’ and following chorus from Electra (b) ‘O for the ships of Troy’ from Electra
(c) ‘Thou immaculate on high’ from The Bacchae.3
Yours very truly

R. Vaughan Williams


1. Augustin Duncan. See VWL376.
2. The actress, Penelope Wheeler, was a close friend of Gilbert Murray, and was to take the part of Electra. See Wilson, op.cit.
3. See Catalogue of Works 1911/4.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Gilbert Murray 19, ff. 62-63
General notes: 

In the hand of AVW signed by VW.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
111130