Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Hubert Foss (OUP)

Letter No.: 
August 3 [1937]

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

Dear Foss

(1) I don’t remember having promised to go to Bristol for the P.K.1 If I go to anything I would rather go to a rehearsal to try to prevent him taking all the tempi twice too slow.
(2) Many thanks about choral parts of ‘Riders’. Would you mind writing to Cambridge & RCM2 yourself. Isn’t it rather expensive? I think I had better have the full score of ‘Riders’ down here before sending to the copyists.3
(3) I have had a request from Peterkin for material for a life of myself in some dictionary. I think if you sent her Dickenson’s book4 & the list of my works that appeared in the Dominant I think it might satisfy her.
Please send to—
 Miss R. Housman
 115 East Ninetyth Street
 New York City

Could you kindly do this for me?5

R. Vaughan Williams5

P.S. I cannot remember if you received the Gurney songs safely—I suppose I had an acknowledgement but cannot find it.6


1.  The Poisoned Kiss (Collected Works 1936/4).
2. Royal College of Music
3.  A performance of Riders to the Sea (Collected Works 1936/6) was to be given at the RCM in December conducted by Malcolm Sargent - see RVW: a biography, p.215.
4.  An Introduction to the Music of R. Vaughan Williams (1928), by A. E. F. Dickinson.
5.  OUP had been asked to supply material for a revised edition of Baker’s Dictionary of Music published by Schirmer & Co in New York.
6.  VW and Gerald Finzi had been preparing a selected edition of the songs Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) – Twenty Songs, OUP 1938 (in two volumes - a 3rd volume followed in 1953 and a 4th in 1959, each with 10 songs). On 25th July he had told Finzi that he was posting the songs to OUP the following day - see VWL1190.

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File 119
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File 119 was the general VW file, containing correspondence other than about particular works.
Year taken from date stamp on document. In the hand of AVW, signed by VW.

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