Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to the Editor of the Penguin Magazine

Letter No.: 
VWL5129
[1947]

Vaughan Williams on Jazz
In our second number Rex Harris stated in his article "The Influence of Jazz on English Composer" that Vaughan Williams "spurns" any liklihood of being influenced by jazz in his own works.  Vaughan Williams now writes to us that "it is quite incorrect to say that I 'spurn' jazz.  I have a great admiration of the almost uncanny skill of the jazz composers, though I think it is used occasionally for unworthy purposes.  As to its influence on my own music, it is not for me to say, but for those who listen to and study my works".

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This text is taken from The Penguin Music Magazine, edited by Ralph Hill, no.IV (Penguin Books, 1947), p.10; it includes a quotation from a letter by VW to the editor.

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Letter
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The Penguin Music Magazine, edited by Ralph Hill, no.IV (Penguin Books, 1947), p.10.