Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Elizabeth Trevelyan

Letter No.: 
[May 1935]

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

Dear Bessy

It was wonderful of you to write - & I value your opinion very much (not only when favourable!)
I quite got to like it myself in the end. The first rehearsal was unimaginable chaos. But the orchestra & Adrian worked like Trojans for 4 rehearsals - & things gradually cleared themselves - chiefly owing to Adrian's real insight.1 
I am so glad to think that you are well enough to go home tomorrow & hope you are really better - what a trying time you must have had.


1.  The Fourth Symphony, Catalogue of Works 1934/13. Adrian Boult had conducted the performance.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
RCT 16.180(i)

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/9, ff.140-141
General notes: 

Date according to a note on the original - but more probably April 1935 - the Fourth Symphony was given on 10 April.
For Trevelyan's letter see MS Mus. 1714/1/9, ff.138-139.

Cobbe 260
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