from Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958 to Koussevitzky, Serge Alexandrovich, 1874-1951
Letter No. VWL5121
Letter from Ralph Vaughan Williams to Serge Koussevitsky
Letter No.: VWL5121
From R. Vaughan Williams,
The White Gates,
Dec 3 
Dear Mr. Koussevitsky
Thank you very much for your kind letter – I am very sorry that I am not to have the honour of a performance of my symphony under your direction. I leave the business side of these things entirely to my agents and have to trust them and I am very sorry that their action has made the performance impossible. You will understand that without knowing the conditions obtaining in another country I am not in a position to dictate to them what terms they should make with your managers and can only repeat that I am extremely sorry that anything has come between my music and your splendid orchestra
R Vaughan Williams
1. Written in response to a letter from Koussevitsky expressing his disappointment that the American agents of Oxford University Press, Carl Fischer, wanted to charge $350 performance rights for VW’s fourth symphony, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra had accordingly decided to withdraw it from their programme.
In the hand of AVW, signed by VW.
Location Of Original:
Shelfmark:Serge Koussevitsky archive, Box 62/12