Item 25 - Letter from Donald Tovey to R. C. Trevelyan

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Letter from Donald Tovey to R. C. Trevelyan


  • 5 Oct 1910 [postmark] (Creation)

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Postmarked Egham S. - Wishes to keep 'scenic possibilities' [for "The Bride of Dionysus"] in mind so that the eventual performance is not 'limited by timidity'; is ready to think up a kinds of 'wild-cat scenes' but will not build the music around them. Will have to make Dionysus visible before the climax of the opera; jokingly suggests that his re-appearance might resemble that of the Cheshire Cat in "Alice in Wonderland". Asks Trevelyan to shorten 'Athens shall rue this outrage'. Believes they are to meet at Ridgehurst [the Speyers' house] on Saturday. Postscript notes that he has got a new theme for the Satyr's song, for which he gives the musical notation. Another postscript says the list [originally] enclosed with the letter was found in the package of the Vth act. The back of the envelope has a note by Tovey in response to a letter just received from Trevelyan.

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