Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Kenneth Curwen

Letter No.: 
VWL784
Sunday [about March 1924]

13, Cheyne Walk,
Chelsea, S.W.3.

Dear Mr Curwen

I send 3 solos & 2 duets from ‘Hugh’.
I think your idea about the chorus ones is good.
I suppose we must be careful that the total  price of the separate songs is more than the complete opera - otherwise people might be tempted to buy the plums without the cake.
I’ve had nothing in writing from the BNOC2 - have you?
Yrs sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams


1. Curwen’s published a number of the songs with two duets and two choruses from Hugh the Drover in 1924. See Catalogue of Works 1924/2.
2. The British National Opera Company gave the first public performance of the opera on 14th July 1924 at His Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket.

Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/6, f.96
General notes: 

This date would give a minimum lead-time for publication of the songs by the time of the first performances of Hugh the Drover in July.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
R.V.W.: a biography, p.154
Original database number: 
2403xa