Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Jack Gordon

Letter No.: 
[April 1937]

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

Dear Gordon

Herewith 2 copies of the ‘patch’ (p.184) – remember that 2 bars are cut on p.183 – One more suggested cut act II letter Yy:  make the cut suggested & let Hugh merely say “What say you Mary” – If we cut much more there will be no opera left.1

R Vaughan Williams

1.  Sadlers Wells was putting on a revival of Hugh the Drover (Catalogue of Works 1924/2) in May as part of the Coronation festivities for George VI – see Works of Vaughan Williams p.256.  Howard Ferguson planned to go on 1 May – see Letters of Gerald Finzi and Howard Ferguson, edited by Howard Ferguson and Michael Hurd (Woodbridge 2001), p.149.


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