Vaughan Williams, Ralph. (1872–1958) [Diamond, David. (1915–2005)]
Autograph Letter Signed to David Diamond
Autograph letter signed from the important British composer to American composer David Diamond. May 29, ; 1 p. Vaughan Williams writes: "Dear Mr. Diamond, Thank you for your kind and appreciative letter— I should of course be pleased to see a copy of your score if you have one to spare. Yours sincerely, R. Vaughan Williams." Together with the original envelope addressed in Vaughan Williams' hand and postmarked May 28, 1948; and a clipped half-tone portrait of the composer. Folding creases and light mounting remnants; overall fine. 5.25 x 6.5 inches (13.6 x 16.5 cm).
From the collection of David Diamond, considered one of the preeminent American composers of his generation. He enjoyed wide success in the 1940's and 1950's, before the serial and modernist trends largely pushed him into the shadows. The New York Times described him as "part of what some considered a forgotten generation of great American symphonists, including Howard Hanson, Roy Harris, William Schuman, Walter Piston and Peter Mennin."