from Lasker, Vally, 1885-1978 to Vaughan Williams, Ralph, 1872-1958
Letter No. VWL507
Letter from Vally Lasker to Ralph Vaughan Williams
Letter No.: VWL507
103. Talgarth Rd.
March 8th 23
Dear Mr Vaughan Williams,
Let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for the greatest spiritual & musical experience I have ever had in my life. I cannot talk of last night’s experience as a performance, because that is just, thank Heaven, what it never was. It was rather a manifestation of the spiritual powers & understanding of one man permeating the whole of choir & orchestra & soloists & audience, making the Queens Hall into a true palace of worship without any of the outward trappings of one.
I never thought such a thing possible & it never has been before. It rested with you to bring home to us the ideal & to make the singing & playing for once worthy of the music & it’s1 creator.
I don’t congratulate you, but I congratulate myself & us all for being born in the same generation as you.2
2. VW had conducted Bach’s St Matthew Passion for the first time, with the Bach Choir on 7th March. For VW’s reply see VWL509.
Location Of Original:
Shelfmark:MS Mus. 1714/1/6, f.80