Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Hubert Foster Clark (BBC)

Letter No.: 
Nov 27 [1934]

The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Mr Foster Clark

Many thanks for your letter.  I shd prefer the 4 hymns1 (they are pfte & viola obbligato as written you know - failing string orchestra) - they are less than 20 minutes I think - If by any chance you have not written engaged a soloist - the 4 hymns were written for Steuart Wilson likewise & he is undoubtedly the man for them (likewise for the Chaucer songs2) - I fear Mr Kettlewell misunderstood me.  I told of one old song which I had forgotten about & one other old song which had lately been dug up & published by the OUP.
If you want some entirely unknown & heartily disliked songs of mine (though not old) you shd see the 3 songs on a ground bass (unfortunately titled 3 songs from Walt Whitman)3 OUP)  My favourite among my own songs is “The New Ghost” (4 songs by Fredegond Shove)4 (OUP).
Yrs sincerely

R Vaughan Williams

1.  Catalogue of Works, 1914/2.
2.  Merciless Beauty: three rondels for high voice, Catalogue of Works, 1921/11.
3.  Three poems by Walt Whitman, Catalogue of Works, 1925/4.
4.  Four poems by Fredegond Shove, Catalogue of Works, 1925/3.


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Midland Region Composer Files, M25/1128
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