Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

Letter No.: 
VWL3884
June 1st [1948]

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

Dearest Grace
It wd be lovely to see you on June 8th - as early or as late as you like - or wd it be more convenient to you to come down for the night of the 7th - we have a spare room for you
I am so glad Jill has woken up at last - Give her my love though I don't think she loves me any more since I refused to do music for a silly film about how many sausages Stanley Spencer has for breakfast.1
Don't expect too much "instruction" from me - My film music never satisfies me at the film recording. As a matter of fact I score in my usual way & leave it to ... or Ernest Irving to fake it up.
I know the silly books say don't use horns - I think they are very good - but they sound very loud - while Tpts & Trombones sound soft - I have often used Basses pizz - but they want reinforcing - as indeed the bass does all through - For this reason I find the Tuba very useful.
More when we meet
Love
Uncle Ralph


1. Jill Craigie, film director, who had commissioned Williams to compose a score for the film Blue Scar. The film VW refers to is probably Out of chaos (1944).

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Year from context; Blue Scar was recorded at the end of 1948.

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