Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Robert Müller Hartmann

Letter No.: 
Jan 2nd 1945

From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Westcott Road,

Dear Mr Muller Hartman

I do not know whether you would care to undertake a task which is chiefly copying - but involves a certain amount of scholarship. It is no less than to copy out the voice parts of Bach’s Mass in B minor in the most correct edition available.
I have been preparing a version of the mass adapted to the English liturgy. - so in addition to this all you would have to decipher my rough notes! - though this is not really so formidable since you would get the notes from the printed copy & as to the words you could check my hieroglyphics from a printed prayer book.
There is no hurry about the work as there is no chance of it being printed till after the war. I could lend you a B.G.1 and a Novello copy corrected.
Would you care to undertake it? I suggest as a preliminary a fee of £50-0.0 - which could be adjusted later.
Yours sincerely
R. Vaughan Williams

1.  i.e. the Bach Gesellschaft edition. Müller-Hartmann agreed to undertake the work; see VWL1869.

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MS Mus. 1714/1/16, ff. 5-9
Cobbe 439; White, Dear Müller-Hartmann, 21
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