Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Gerald Cockshott

Letter No.: 
June 3d [1946?]

The White Gates

Dear Mr Cockshott
Thankyou for your interesting brochure1 - I feel that it ought to be possible in the future to start with music first and build up the visual side to fit in - like "Fantasia" - but not with ready made music but music specially composed for the purpose - at all events this could be done in part - e.g. a love scene where the composer could should evidently write the music first and the producer invent visual action to fit in.
As regards my own film music I consider "Flemish Farm" much the best as music and as film accompaniment.
Yrs sincerely
R Vaughan Williams

1. Possibly Cockshott's pamphlet Incidental Music in the Sound Film (London, British Film Institute, 1946).


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Shelfmark of copy: 
MS Mus. 1714/1/32, ff.32-34
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Date estimated on basis that it relates to the publication mentioned.