Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Mary Fletcher

Letter No.: 
VWL4890
[1940s?]

From R. Vaughan Williams.
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Dear Mary
If I remember right we got the tune out of a chinese missionary book where it was described as a chinese tune. It looks Chinese - but to make safe I added "adapted from" as probably the missionaries had faked it & regularized it. - The likeness to the Appalachian tune is probably due to the Pentatonic scale which is common to so much primitive music.
Yrs
RVW

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MS Mus. 1714/2/5, f. 109
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Date estimated from letterhead (after 1935). Mary Fletcher was the sister-in-law of VW's friend Robert (Bobby) Longman, and in the 1920s had lent VW her house in Wiltshire for some quiet time to compose.

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