Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

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VWL3841
[mid 1930s?]

Dearest Grace
My pupils never satisfy me - just as I never satisfy myself - & I listen to their works with the almost morbid sense of criticism with which I listen to my own work - add to this that I was hearing it for the first time, late in the evening when I was tired - & I did like it & told you so - but my job is I consider to tell you the bits I don't like
As to saying "this is getting dull - I must ginger it up" - I don't mean that you must not use every effort to get the "mot juste" before you are satisfied - but rather that we are all apt to say "this is not quite spicy enought to please my "fellow composers" - they are the dangerous companions - the "Mr Legality" who lead you out of the way called straight1
all my love
Uncle Ralph


1. "Mr Legality" is a character in Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.

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This letter clearly follows VWL3840.

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