Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harriet Cohen

Letter No.: 
[10 June 1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dearest Harriet

Many thanks for the M.S. - I had got the new cadenza etc - what I had not got were the small emendations we made in the figuration at various places - I have now done those by heart as best I can - I hope I've got them right!
Now I must be fair to the OUP - I never said they were going to publish it but that I hoped they were going to publish it - a very different thing alas!
Now I also want to be fair to you both for the great admiration I have for you & your playing & for the splendid work you are doing for English music - Now how long do you think you ought to have the concerto before it is thrown open by publication or otherwise?  I don't know in the least what is right to do.  I gave Jelly1 a 6 months run of my violin concerto - (not that she made much use of it).
How long did Kreisler keep the Elgar concerto?
Personally I don't think any one else will ever want to play it because you and Arnold (and possibly myself) are the only 3 people who like it and as to students - I know you are far too generous to mind some student from Birmingham Midland Institute (such as wrote to me the other day) having it to study - I don't think there was any question of public performance.
So dearest Harriet - let me know what you think


1. Jelly d’Aranyi, dedicatee and first exponent of the Violin Concerto in D minor, at this time still entitled Concerto Accademico.

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Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1642, ff. 60-64
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Date from postmark (10 Jun 34).

Cobbe 248; Michael Kennedy, Works of Vaughan Williams, pp.237-238.
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