from Vaughan Williams, Adeline, 1870-1951 to Curle, Cordelia, 1879-1970
Letter No. VWL1179
Letter from Adeline Vaughan Williams to Cordelia Curle
Letter No.: VWL1179
The White Gates,
Wed [3rd January 1934]
Morris’s Symph came through perfectly – It sounded very distinguished to me – The 1st movement just slightly like R’s ‘Pastoral’ in sound. The 2nd movement very delicate & curious, the last more rhythmic & perhaps the most attractive – I think the end of it all might have been more emotional –
R liked it very much – but says the form is a bit too clear for the emotional content & that Adrian1 didn’t put enough passion into it – & never really got inside it – but certainly it was marvellously clear to follow – good applause from QH2 wh was a good half full- wh was remarkable considering the fog. Everyone who had a wireless must have listened in with pleasure – Morris is such a good broadcaster – his scoring so clear.3
All is well with us – R going to London for Folk dance Fest on Saturday –
Morris & Emmie4 are coming here tomorrow or Friday – such a good visit from Mac Lettle[?] & Mary5 –
Mac has done good work in stirring up Ad’s head master!6
c/o Charles Tennyson Esq
I of Wight
1. Adrian Boult
2. Queen’s Hall
3. R.O. Morris’s Sinfonia in C major (unpublished and not mentioned in The New Grove, but listed in Grove 5).
4. R.O. Morris and Emmeline Morris.
6. Adam was Cordelia’s son.
Location Of Original:
Shelfmark:MS Mus. 1714/1/8, ff.109-112