Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Arthur Boosey

Letter No.: 
May 16 [1938]

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

Dear Mr Boosey
Can you help me with some advice - I have been asked to arrange the music for a pageant - one scene is a garden party in 1900 - Could you find out from your records what were the popular songs about 1895 (I had better ante-date it a bit)
- (1) what a military band at a party would be likely to be playing?
(2) what a young lady would be likely to sing when asked for a song with piano accomp.?
- It will be very kind of you if you can help me in this
Yrs sincerely
R Vaughan Williams


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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1813/2/1/219/8
General notes: 

E.M. Forster's England's Pleasant Land was staged at Milton Court in Surrey, with music by VW, in July 1938.