Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Evelyn Sharp

Letter No.: 
Dec 13 [1931]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Miss Sharp
After finishing my 1st letter1 I have thought of a lot more to say.
If you are thinking of adding more chorusses I suggest the following places for your & Mr. Foss' consideration.
Act I.  (1)  Opening Chorus.  (Demons?)
(2)  A chorus might be introduced into "I'm a sorcerer bold"
(3)  Also into Dipiacus' ballad
(4)  also into Dipiacus' invocation to the Storm
(5)  In the Finale we might introduce a chorus of Footmen & Parlourmaids each carrying a suitcase who are prepared to follow the 2 young women on their travels.
Also a chorus of Demons to help Dipiacus in his banishment song.
Act II.  (1)  At the beginning of the Act the 3 Hobgoblins might introduce a chorus of followers & hide them in various parts of the room giving them their instructions which they at present carry out after the P.K has taken place
(2)  Chorus of servants to welcome Tormentilla on her entrance as I have already suggested to you.
Act III.  I cannot see my way to any more chorus here at present except that we might enlarge the chorus & bring it on to the stage at Dipiacus' entrance and he could wave them off before his scene with the Empress.
yrs very sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

1.  See VWL4702.


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MS Mus. 1714/1/27, f.81
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Signed by VW.