Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gustav Holst

Letter No.: 
[About 31 October 1930]

The White Gates
Westcott Road,

Dear Gustav

I never wrote to thank you for holding my hand all those days - it made all the diff:  All went very well in the end.1 I think you are mistaken about A.B.2 - the total effect is very impressive - though there may be some dull patches.
I don't think you know Duncan (percussion) - I know him because he plays timps for me at Dorking.  After rehearsal he came up & begged me to put back one of the cymbal smashes which he thought it had been a great mistake of me to leave out.  I was so much touched that I said yes - regardless of the result.
Glad I.3 got such good notices.


1. VW is referring to the preparation and performances of Job at Norwich on 23rd October 1930. In 1950 VW expressed his gratitude for Holst's support in his essay 'A musical autobiography', see National Music and other essays, p.194. Heirs and Rebels dates the letter to July 1931 in connection with the Camargo Society production, but it is clear that Holst was more involved in the earlier Norwich performance, although he did much to persuade the Camargo Society to put the work on.
2. Adrian  Boult?
3. i.e. Imogen Holst.


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 158, f.101
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Printed with some omissions as Letter XXXII in Heirs and Rebels.

Heirs and Rebels, Letter XXXII
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