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FINE CONDITION

Autographed 7” x 9” letter on his personal stationary, The White Gates, Dorking, June 24, no year. Based on the content, the letter was sent to someone involved in music. We offer with a 6” x 8” glossy real photograph.

The composer writes in his nearly indecipherable hand,

June 24

 

Dear Sir

 

I must apologize for my delay in answering your letter which was mislaid.

I admire your energy and pluck in carrying on these difficult days as I who may need a ride to all rehearsals next season.

 

I hope you have a successful concert.

 

Yours truly,

 

R. Vaughan Williams

While the letter is not dated, it can be assumed as he is describing difficult days for all based upon the fact that he is describing difficult days for all.

Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) writes from his country home south of London, “The White Gates” in Dorking.  Based upon the content of the letter and other letters we have had on this same stationary, it was sent during the Second World War.  It has been noted that during the Blitz, the composer, his wife Adeline and his future wife Ursula slept in 3 adjacent beds holding hands to comfort each other.  As a composer, Vaughan Williams compositions content changed in 1940 with “Six Choral Songs to be sung in time of war followed later that year with the soundtrack for the war film “Fourty-Ninth Parallel”.  In 1941, the choral song, “England, my England”.  In 1942, the soundtrack to the film “Coastal Command”, in 1943 his 5th Symphony in D Major which he had begun in 1939, in 1944 the composer wrote his “Thanksgiving for Victory” and scored the film “The Stricken Peninsula”.  In the final year of the War, 1945, he moved onto a religious work, “Chant for Pslam 67”, a prayer of thanksgiving.  It is obvious from the letter and his work that the War hit Vaughan Williams very hard.  His patriotism for England shines through in the works he released during the War.  In his patriotic work outside of composing he chaired the Home Office Committee for the Return of Interred Alien Musicians, he also served on two other committees, The Committee for Refugees of Nazi Oppression, The Council for the Encouragement of the Arts.  The composer was also an enthusiastic supporter of Dame Myra Hess’s weekly National Gallery Concerts in which 150 concerts were played to help with the war effort.  More significantly, as Hess was Jewish.

It is rare to find a Vaughan-Williams letter that even touches on music. The letter has standard mailing folds, else fine and would pair beautifully for display with the photograph!

 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS - COMPOSER
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