Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alexander Burnard

Letter No.: 
VWL3983
27 Sep 1932

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Burnard
I'm fearfully sorry about all this
(1) I had no idea your piece was a degree excercize1
(2) I gathered from your letter that you were sending your scores direct to me - so I waited to reply til they came - & they never did!
Now I am going to U.S.A up till Xmas - so I fear your score will have to wait again till I come back.
I will do my best for it - but it is fairly hopeless getting things done here - even peopleĀ  who are already a little known like Patrick Hadley & Elizabeth Maconchy cannot get a look in - while quite incompetent & unknown foreigners romp around.
If you could get promises of a few performances in Australia that wd be far the most cogent argument for a publisher.
- But no one will take full scores now & so the arrangement is the best you can hope for. I should certainly make a pfte transcription straight away.
Best wishes & my love to your wife & you
Yrs ever
R Vaughan Williams

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