from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Gatty, René

Letter No. VWL119

Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to René Gatty

Letter No.: VWL119


Dear Herr Gatty

We were so glad to get your letter. I am going to confine myself to a few remarks about Nick’s serenade1  – It came off most tremendously – the scoring was effective without any straining after effect – and the parts must have been very well written for the instruments as it went so well the first try over. Awfully jolly tunes in it too – and these not isolated but welded together as a whole – altogether a complete success and a distinct advance even on the quartett; he has gone the right way to work and the quality of his ideas and the mastery over the means of expression advance side by side without one outstripping the other.
I envy you the Sing Akademie – what a way to get to know Bach.


1. Nicholas Gatty’s Serenade.