Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

Letter No.: 
VWL3876
[Late February 1936]

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Grace
I listened to your Elegy - (I had already heard the rehearsal of it for Idris' concert1
I liked it - well written & not smart or brilliant
Betty's 4tet is fine2
I hope to go to Dorothy's oboe 5tet on the 13th3
Love from Uncle Ralph

- come & see me at RCM4 one day


1. Elegy for string orchestra, conducted by Idris Lewis, musical director of the Welsh Symphony Orchestra.
2. Elizabeth Maconchy - presumably her String quartet no.2, completed in 1936.
3. Dorothy Gow, Oboe quintet in one movement (1936).
4. Royal College of Music, where VW taught.

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Williams' Elegy for string orchestra was first broadcast on 25 February 1936.

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