Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Douglas Lilburn

Letter No.: 
Jan 15 [1946]

The White Gates

Dear Lilburn

I had already guessed it was you and wrote accordingly1 - Now, your welcome letter has come - & I thank you & your helper once more.  Please remember me to Dr & Mrs  Page - I expect great things of his professorship.2  I hope that you are writing something bigger than incidental music - But as you say the natural tendency is to write in terms of the available material.
- I think the BBC ought to do more music from N.Z. & Australia.  I think the American broadcasts were largely political - but I heard a lot of music I enjoyed very much - As regards Britten I find great power and character in his music - he is undoubtedly very exploited by B & Co3 - but up to the present he has stood up well to it.
All good wishes for new year
R Vaughan Williams

1.  See VWL2024.
2. At Victoria University, Wellington.
3.  Boosey & Co, Britten's publishers.

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MS Papers 2483

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MS Mus. 1714/2/6, ff. 24-28
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Cobbe 455
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