Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

Letter No.: 
VWL3855
[1930s?]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dearest Grace
I do hope you were pleased last night - I was - it was masterly & lovely tunes in it - you've been developing on your own lines - I always felt a bit frightened (as I do with everyone when they go abroad) that Vienna wd rob you of your personality & that you wd come back talking Viennese with an English accent - But no you've got what you wanted out of Vienna & applied it to yourself.
I liked the slow movt best & the beginning of the last - perhaps the last did not progress enough, too many static periods separated by bumps - & perhaps in the first movt the texture a little too elaborate - tho' perhaps that was the wireless.q
The 3 great S's
sincerity, simplicity, serenity
But dearest Grace it was lovely & I felt proud that you should ever have been "dans ma classe" - though heaven knows I never taught you anything. You knew already much more thanĀ I cd teach you.

My God, the rest of the concert!
(except the Mendelssohn scherzo which I love)

I am fairly through Betty's2 notes - not quite got the hang of them yet
Love from Uncle Ralph


1. Work unidentified.
2. Elizabeth Maconchy

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