Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Douglas Lilburn

Letter No.: 
7th August, 1947.

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

D.Lilburn, Esq.,
Victoria University,
Wellington, W.1.
New Zealand

Dear Lilburn,

I was very glad of your long and interesting letter.
Have you seen R.O.M.’s latest book on Practical Counter-point?1  Also, there is a book shortly coming out, by Dr. Andrews, on Harmony, which I think would meet your point.2
I am sorry all these petty jealousies are spoiling the chances of a good orchestra in New Zealand, but I feel that you and Page working together will really set things going.
I am glad you have time for composition and hope they will get to England soon.
R. Vaughan Williams

P.S.  One certainly can’t develop by leaving out a step & Sibelius was one of your more important steps. Give my love to Page.

1.  Introduction to Counterpoint, Oxford 1944.
2.  The Oxford Harmony (Oxford, 1950).



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MS Papers 2483

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MS Mus. 1714/2/6, f. 32
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Typewritten, not signed, but postscript in hand of VW.

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