Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

Letter No.: 

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dearest Grace

Yes I do like it - & for the first time in my life I haven't felt plunged in despair & wondering why I try to compose! - I feel I've done more what I wanted to do than ever before - though perhaps I have in a way not wanted to do so much
- Also I've solved to my satisfaction the problem of pfte & acc - I can't stand ordinary concerto music all twiddly bits - also I like the slow movement (sorry!)
But I may be all wrong - & because you or any one else remembers bits it proves nothing - one allways1 remembers the bad bits. Now enough about me.
I don't think your cure for Andrews is the right one - it would ruin his music to my mind if he tried to tickle it up by making it 'snappy' -  it wd be like lip stick on a nun. Of course his scoring has got to be competent & perhaps he still wants a surer touch - but that is a different thing.
Now about your tpt piece2 - that fellow must take it out of his repertoire - wd it not be a good thing to write a slow movement to go with it? E. Clark3 listened to it - & for good or ill he is a power - & professed himself pleased.
I saw Betty4 on Friday & she played her overture for the sketch - very good indeed - & ought to be "successful" - there were 2 workings out I thought might want cutting down a bit.
What a long letter
Love from Uncle Ralph

1. sic.
2. Movement (Concerto-Fantasia) for trumpet and chamber orchestra
3. The conductor Edward Clark.
4. Elizabeth Maconchy

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The trumpet piece referred to was composed in 1932.

'Andrew' not identified.