Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Maud Karpeles

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Dear Maud

I don’t see how we could do the dances for band any how else – It wd be intolerable to have only one instrumentation for all the 20 repetitions of a dance tune – so the obvious thing is to have two one fuller than the other – and surely to take the ‘p’ out of the light one & the ‘f’ out of the full one wd only make it sound meaningless – there are as you say no p & f s in the pfte part but the player naturally puts those in – the only alternative wd  be to have a separate instrumentation for each figure of the dance – but this wd make the music impossibly long & expensive (you know I’ve always wanted to try my hand at treating the dance tunes ‘symphonically’ following the various moods of the dance – but you rejected the idea with scorn).
After all its always possible for the conductor to direct the players to repeat the ‘p’ & ‘f’ strains as often as he wishes not necessarily always 2 & 2.
I think it safer to bring the percussion proofs on Sunday (9.10 Padd) & not entrust them to this letter which may never reach you.

R Vaughan Williams


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MS Mus. 1714/2/3/1, ff. 37-39
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