Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Harry Blech

Letter No.: 
VWL1550
Thurs [mid-1941]

The White Gates,
Dorking.

Dear Mr Blech1

Of course I should be proud and pleased for you to play my 4tet  if you consider it suitable for the programme.2 I have already heard from Dr Kalmus3 about it - & it occurs to me that such a very simple work might be out of place in such very modern surroundings.
However I leave that entirely to your judgement.
If you think of doing it will you get directly in touch with O.U.P. who control it. I think while Mr Foss is ill that Mr Peterkin would be the best person to approach.
Yours sincerely

R. Vaughan Williams

P.S. I received quite a cheerful letter from Foss on Saturday.


1. At this time leader of the Blech String Quartet and later (1949) founder and conductor of the London Mozart Players. 
2. Household Music: Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes for string quartet, first performed by the Blech String Quartet on 4 October 1941.
3. Alfred Kalmus, London manager of Universal Edition.

Location of copy:

Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/14, ff.45-47
General notes: 

Date must be well before October when Blech performed the work.

Format: 
Letter
Original database number: 
4110xa