Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Frank (OUP)

Letter No.: 
12th February, 1948.

The White Gates,

Dear Frank

Thank you for your letter about the Symphony.  I will try and make the alterations as few as possible, but it is not any good its going out wrong.1
I have had a letter from a Miss Rees which I enclose.  What do you think about it?  Could we do anything?
I do not like to ask the Smith’s to lend their copy which probably has all their own marks in it.2
Yours sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

Alan Frank, Esq.,
Oxford University Press,
38a, Soho Square,
London, W.C.1.


P.S. I have not had copies of the motet yet - I have particularly wanted to send one to Armstrong before the official one.3

1.  Frank had written warning VW to expect proofs of the study score of the Sixth Symphony, Catalogue of Works 1947/3, in early April and hoping to publish by the end of the year.
2.  Miss Rees had presumably asked to see a score of the two-piano version piano concerto, Catalogue of Works 1931/3, which had been made for Cyril Smith and Phyllis Sellick.
3.  Prayer to the Father of Heaven, Catalogue of Works 1948/1, dedicated to the memory Hubert Parry, which was given its first performance by the Oxford Bach Choir conducted by Thomas Armstrong in the Sheldonian Theatre on 12th May.

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File 119A
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Typewritten, signed and with postscript in manuscript in the hand of VW.

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