Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Grace Williams

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The White Gates

Dear Grace
Yes I did get your very splendid letter - I've been a pig not to answer - but I've been up to the eyes in work & had to go to London every day
Wellecz1 sounds splendid - I long to hear what he thought of the Toccata & what you are doing now - I know you've got it in you to do some lovely music, dear Grace, if it can only come out & perhaps Wellecz is the man to do it.
I miss you dreadfully & can't help being a little glad you miss me; I often think of our last evening together.
I was much interested in you meeting with Palmer - it was strange you meeting him in that large city
I'm so sorry about your rooms - it that fellow Krassig who recommended them all right? I don't altogether like what you told me of him. I'm glad you are back safely in your old place.
It's splendid to think of you having such a good time - I felt that you'd be able to squeeze every ounce of pleasure  & profit out of your stay in Vienna - so go on as you have started - & let me have another long letter about your doings - what a lot you are writing - all very atonal I suppose - but you've got to go through it & then you will see your way clearly the other side.
Here in England we stodge along as usual - RCM2 rather dull now - but Betty3 pays me a visit occasionally.
She hopes to see you in Prag next month & I am giving her your address. her address is 41 Ossington Street London W.2
I should like to know what impression Tristan made on you - whether it still bowls you over & leaves you limp as it used to do to me in the 90s nineties
Love from
your Uncle Ralph
I entirely disagree with Wellecz about Bach - to start with yours is a transcription of a keyboard piece not  ... for modern orchestra - and any way because fiddlers were not able to do certain things in Bach's time which they can do now.
Why shd we not make use of them & make the effect more beautiful & nearer J.S.B's ideal - otherwise  how about chromatic horns & trumpets which you are using in your score

1. sic.
2. Royal College of Music
3. Elizabeth Maconchy


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