Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cuthbert Bates

Letter No.: 
Oct 14th [1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Mr Bates1
Many thanks for the tickets - I do hope I can come.
By the way are you wedded to Terry's translation of "Jesu meine Freude" - I know it is more exact than Novello's which is only a paraphrase - but the Novello  words seem to suit the real spirit of the music much better - can you really expect a self respecting chorus or a self-respecting audience to endure such words nonsense as "Hence thou noisome serpent" - How much finer "Death I do not fear thee"
R Vaughan Williams

1. Bates was conductor of the Tudor Singers, of which VW was President.


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