Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Frank

Letter No.: 
VWL4308
Dec 3 [1947]

From R VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The White Gates
Dorking

Dear Frank
Can you or Phyllis1 suggest any pieces of the wrong note school (I mean the real thing - Schonberg, Berg, Lutyens, Gerhard - it doesn't matter which they all sound exactly the same to me). I want to find out how they achieve those nasty noises they make - I might find something useful for my "Dance of Penguins".2 It had better be pfte music as I can't read a score. Also who publishes Mahler's 2nd ("Resurrection") Symphony - I want to study the orchestration of one or two passages - not for wrong notes - his notes seem to be painfully "right"
Yrs
R Vaughan Williams


1. Phyllis Tate, the composer, who was married to Alan Frank.
2. VW was composing the film music for Scott of the Antarctic.

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MS Mus. 2017/04
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