Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Elizabeth Maconchy

Letter No.: 
Jan 15 [1951?]

The White Gates,

Dearest Betty

(Forgive writing even worse than usual – but the cat is on my lap).
Yes you must do that symph (remember that Beethoven said “It will please one day”[)] 
– How about the other symphony – I liked that very much – & the BBC ought to do it again.
I shd love to come & see you one day 
All love

Uncle Ralph



1.  Maconchy had written a symphony between 1945 and 1948, of which RVW arranged a performance on 27 April 1950 (ex inf JD; it was later withdrawn) (presumably ‘the other symphony’) and wrote another, for double string orchestra, which was finished in 1953.

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