Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Edward J. Dent

Letter No.: 
[April 1910]

Dear Dent

Please forgive the dirty sheet - I enclose the programme as far as I can - but I cannot get an answer out of Elwes as to his group.
I don't know if it would be a good plan, in yr opinion, to put on the programme the dates at which the various works were composed - its just as you like.
- If you care to add them they are as follows:-
5tet 1903-5
Song cycle 1906-9
4tet 1908

Wd you tell me
(a) what time the concert is
(b) whether there is a train which will get the players back to town
(c) whether the 4tet cd have the Guildhall in the afternoon for a rehearsal.

How is your 4tet getting on?


P.S. I don't keep any op. numbers
P.S. I got leave from Houseman1 for my concert - I think the only way is to print & say nothing about it - it's always done - It's no good asking again.

[Draft programme]

1. Quintet in C minor
for Pianoforte, violin, viola, violoncello and double bass

(i)   Allegro con fuoco
(ii)  Andante - Adagio
(iii)  Finale: Fantasia quasi variazioni

Messrs J. Brath, Isidore Schwiller, Arthur Fossati, Jean Schwiller and Claude Hobday

2. Song-Cycle - "On Wenlock Edge"

 Mr Gervase Elwes, The Schwiller Quartet and Mr Fredk. B. Kiddle Mr J. Brath.2

3. Quartet in G minor for Two Violins, Viola and Violoncello

Allegro moderato
Minuet and Trio
Rondo Capriccioso

(First performance)

The Schwiller Quartet

First Violin Mr. Isidore Schwiller.
Second Violin Mr. Ernest Simpson.
Viola Mr. Arthur Fossati.
Violoncello Mr. Jean Schwiller.3

4. Songs  (a)

Mr Gervase Elwes

1. sic
2. Item 2. is an amended pasted excerpt from what is apparently the printed programme of the first performance.
3. Item 3. is an amended pasted excerpt from the printed programme of the first performance


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Dent Archive 1910.3-5
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