Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gwen Raverat

Letter No.: 
VWL814
[October 1927]

13 Cheyne Walk
Chelsea, SW 3

My dear Gwen

I amused myself with making a sketch of Job - I never expected Djag1 wd look at it - & I’m glad on the whole - the “reclame” wd have been rather amusing - but it really wdnt have suited the sham serious really decadent & frivolous attitude of the R.B.2 towards everything - can you imagine Job sandwiched in between “Les Biches” and “Cimarosiana”5 - & that dreadful pseudo-cultured audience saying to each other “my dear have you seen God at the Russian Ballet”.
No - I think we are well out of it - I don’t think this is sour grapes - for I admit that it wd have been great fun to have had a production by the R.B. - though I feel myself that they wd have made an unholy mess of it with their over-developed calves.
Yrs affectionately

R. Vaughan Williams


1. Sergei Diaghilev, whom it was originally intended should do the choreography for Job (see R.V.W.: a biography, p.183)
2. Russian Ballet. 
3. Les Biches is a ballet choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska to music by Francis Poulenc, premiered by the Ballets Russes on 6 January 1924; Cimarosiana was a suite of six dances from the 1920 opera L’Astuce Féminine, reorchestrated by Malipiero. Cimarosiana was first performed under the title Ballet de L’Astuce Féminine; choreographed by Massine to music by Domenico Cimarosa, orchestrated by Respighi. 

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS 1250-1985

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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/7, ff.80-83
Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 164
Original database number: 
2710xa