Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Edwin Evans

Letter No.: 
VWL462
11/3/20

The SUN-DIAL
Sheringham
Norfolk

Dear Evans

I've made the best selection I can for you1
(1) 2 extracts from an unpublished Motet2
(2) extract from a new song-cycle (engraved but not published)3
(3) 2 extracts from London Symphony - which I have managed to make from a short-score arrangement I have4
(4) Two extracts from Sea-Symphony (pp. 56 & 100)5
(5) extracts from some new organ pieces6
Yrs ever

R. Vaughan Williams


1. Evans was preparing a three-part article on VW in his series ‘Modern British Composers’, which appeared in the April to June 1920 issues of the Musical Times, and had apparently asked VW to provide music examples. Nos (3) and (5) appear in the third instalment of the article.
2. O Vos Omnes, Catalogue of Works 1922/2 - the beginning and the end. The work was published in 1922 by Curwen.
3. The beginning of no.3 (‘Come Love, come Lord’) of Four Hymns, Catalogue of Works 1914/2. Proofs had been produced in 1915, but publication did not take place until 1920.
4. One in fact (see VWL465) from the beginning of the slow movement.
5. From ‘The explorers’ and ‘On the beach alone at night’.
6. The opening of the prelude on Hyfrydol, no.3 of Three Preludes founded on Welsh hymn tunes, Catalogue of Works, 1920/1.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus.1714/1/5, f.71
General notes: 

Former BL shelfmark: Add MS 60499, f. 199

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
200311a