Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Frits Stegmann

Letter No.: 
13th April, 1949.

The White Gates,

Dear Mr. Stegmann,
I do not usually give my autograph to strangers, but in your special case I am sending you a signed photograph.
You ask for my opinion about the influence of British Folk music. I am certainly of the opinion that the knowledge of our own Folk music has profoundly influenced the younger composers, and has added a new interest to their work. The younger composers, of course, refuse to recognise this, but nevertheless the influence is there, just like the influence of our language, our climate and our customs, whether they want it or not.
Yours sincerely,
R Vaughan Williams
(R. Vaughan Williams).

Mr. G.F. Stegmann,
Academic Staff,
Stellenbosch, S. Africa

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Stegmann papers
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Typewritten, signed.
Frits Stegmann was a physical chemist who had no formal education in music, but is still remembered for his contribution to South African music. He is also known for his correspondence with notable South African and international musicians.