Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Dorothy Newton

Letter No.: 
[Late 1922]

13 Cheyne Walk

Dear Mrs Newton1

I’m afraid I don’t see my way to do anything “original” before the spring - & I think the best one for adapting folk-tunes is old King Cole - but do settle it your selves2
Yrs sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

P.S. Or if you prefer it “The Dancing Year” which I cd see myself doing.

1. Later Mrs John Burnaby. Secretary (?) of the Cambridge branch of the English Folk Dance Society.
2.  See VWL494 and the letter from Mrs Burnaby quoted in Kennedy, Catalogue of Works p.95 – VW has responded to the idea of a ballet at Cambridge but has asked the organisers to suggest ideas, which had included ‘Old King Cole’.


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MS Mus. 161, f.127
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Letter presented to the Britih Library by Dr Percy Young.

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