Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maud Karpeles

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The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Maud
I can't see anything wrong with the scoring of Beggar Boy, Hit & Miss, & F.Companion1 - If the bass sounded too heavy its the fault of the bass not of the scoring - which is, if anything too light - Indeed I made it heavier in one of two places by substituting arco for pizz in the basses.
-Also there are not 1/2 enough phrasing marks to my mind - I don't dare to do that myself as I always do it wrong (I have attempted it in Hit & Miss  F. Companion) Please add them and see that they are the same in all parts - this is most important - Orchestral players if their parts are not fully marked with [insert perf mark] ... -- etc play it all stodgily

1. Fine Companion. These were traditional dance tunes.

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MS Mus. 1714/2/3/1, ff. 99-101
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Date estimated from context in file.