Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Guthrie Foote (OUP)

Letter No.: 
May 10th 1952.

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


Dear Foote,

The Barnes Society have asked me to set the enclosed words to music - will you care to publish it? I send two keys, the second two sharps is of course the best for community singing, which I understand they want - but I feel that these very intimate words are quite unsuitable for that purpose
Yours sincerely,

R. Vaughan Williams

P.S. I enclose a typed copy of the words for reference - The words under the music should be arranged as it is in the typescripts, not as it is under the music: -  that is to say, the Dorset words as the main line, & the English equivalents, where necessary, in brackets underneath

1. In the Spring (Catalogue of Works 1952/1), words taken from Poems of Rural Life in the Dorset Dialect by William Barnes.

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File 119Q
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In the hand of UW signed by VW.

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