Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Ursula Wood

Letter No.: 
[September 1944]

My Dear

I’m much worried about the Peasants - I do not feel that your intimate & beautiful & introspective art is the right medium for the rough & tumble of a big crowd opera. Because that is what opera (at all events this opera) has got to be - great crowd movements & choral scenes not clashes of psychology.
- & have you or I got the technique to do that unaided by the experienced opera hack? I should hate for you to waste all your beauty of thought & expression on something which is not your “cup of tea” at all.
Anyway it will be years before I shall be in a state of mind to start even thinking about it.



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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/2/1/1, f. 35
General notes: 

Dated on the assumption that following VW’s dismissal of the idea of a film on the Peasants Revolt (see VWL1928) UW suggested they collaborate on an opera.

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