Extract from a letter from Gustav Holst to Ralph Vaughan Williams

Letter No.: 
Monday, [1903]


Dear R V W
I have thought about it a good deal and these are some of my conclusions.
1)  You have never lost your invention but it has not developed enough.  Your best - your most original and beautiful style or 'atmosphere' is an indescribable sort of feeling as if one was listening to very lovely lyrical poetry.  I may be wrong but I think this (what I call to myself the real RVW) is more original than you think.
Would it be good, do you think, for you to rewrite as a matter of course everything you write about six months after it is finished? (Really finished, not merely sketched).  Whenever I have re-copied or re-scored anything, I have improved it very much. [...]


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Add. MS 57953, f.
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