Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Alan Fluck

Letter No.: 
July 18th 1953.

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

Dear Mr Fluck,

Please make the arrangement you suggest1 but of course you must get leave of the publishers as well. You may know that Curwen's publish a short cantata called 'A Cotswold Romance,' adapted from the opera.
Your letter also reminds me that a great many years ago a certain Mr Fly of Caterham School made a very successful arrangements of the opera as opera comique, i.e. with spoken dialogue.2 I believe I have a copy somewhere, and have always meant to do something about it. Do you think that such an arrangement would be useful for schools? If so I will find out if Curwens would consider makeing3 such an arrangemet.4

Yours sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

1. Alan Fluck had apparently suggested making an arrangement of Hugh the Drover.
2. See VWL603, VWL611, VWL613, VWL792.
3. sic.
4. sic.


Location of original letter:

Shelfmark of original letter: 
MS Mus. 1734/3/3, f.119
General notes: 

Typewritten, signed.