Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harold Child

Letter No.: 
VWL4946
June 1913

Leith Hill Place,
Nr. Dorking,

Dear Child
A good metre for a quick bustling ensemble might be

or

or

In the ensemble (if you put it in) I suggest the constable to start, A. Jane to take it up, and gradually everyone - & meanwhile Hugh and Mary to have a sort of whispering interlude of about 2 lines each.
'Will you remain true?'
'Yes I will stick to you always' etc.
Then for the last chorus (slow) I think 4 syllable lines best.  Iambic, or possibly slow dactylic (brightest and best of the sons of the morning) but these are only suggestions.
R.V.W.

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/4, ff.64-65
Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
R.V.W.: a biography, pp.414-415