Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Frederick Delius

Letter No.: 
VWL219
Oct. 24th [1907]

13 Cheyne Walk
S.W.

Dear Mr Delius

I hope you will not think I am making a very audacious request—I should so much like to show you some of my work. I have had it in my mind (and especially now that I have heard your beautiful concerto) that I should profit very much by your advice & if you saw my work you might be able to suggest ways in which I cd improve myself - either by going to Paris or not.1  Have you ever any time to spare - and if you have would you allow me to come and see you. I don’t know if I ought to ask this on so slight an acquaintance.

Yours vy truly

R. Vaughan Williams


1.  VW had heard a performance of Delius’s Piano Concerto a few days earlier.

Location of original letter:

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/3, ff.129-130
General notes: 

  Printed in Michael Kennedy, Works of Vaughan Williams, p.89.

Format: 
Letter
Citation: 
Cobbe 49; Works of Vaughan Williams, p.89; Composers' Letters, edited by Jan Fielden, Marginalia Press, 1994, p.147
Original database number: 
071026