Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Adrian Boult

Letter No.: 
April 14 [1935]

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


Dear Adrian

On the whole I prefer ‘Job’.1  For one thing I want to make a few slight revisions in the Symph2 and would therefore like, if the occasion arises, to hear it again in England before we shove it off on the foreigners.
Also, I feel that Job is less like what they are accustomed to, which I feel is what we ought to give them – but do as you like really.  These considerations are not important.
I am not quite happy about the rest of your programme – but daresay that is inevitable. 
Could you not do Bax 3rd Symphony instead of Tintagel – and the P.F. Ballet3 or Egdon Heath or Hammersmith instead of the Fugal Overture – which is not one of my favourite works.4


1.  Catalogue of Works, 1930/5.
2.  Symphony (No. 4) in F Minor (Catalogue of Works 1934/13).
3.  The Perfect Fool.
4.  Boult was performing a concert of British music at Salzburg.  For Boult’s reply see VWL350422.

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File 910, VW composer
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Date year taken from receipt stamp. In the hand of AVW, signed by VW.

Moore, Music and Friends, pp.117-118
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