THE LETTERS OF RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Bates, Cuthbert, 1899-1980

Letter No. VWL5147

Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Cuthbert Bates

Letter No.: VWL5147


The White Gates,
Westcott Road,
Dorking.

Oct 14th [1934]

Dear Mr Bates1
Many thanks for the tickets – I do hope I can come.
By the way are you wedded to Terry’s translation of “Jesu meine Freude” – I know it is more exact than Novello’s which is only a paraphrase – but the Novello¬† words seem to suit the real spirit of the music much better – can you really expect a self respecting chorus or a self-respecting audience to endure such words nonsense as “Hence thou noisome serpent” – How much finer “Death I do not fear thee”
Yrs
R Vaughan Williams


1. Bates was conductor of the Tudor Singers, of which VW was President.