Item 182 - Letter from Donald Tovey to Elizabeth Trevelyan

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Letter from Donald Tovey to Elizabeth Trevelyan


  • [Feb 1920?] (Creation)

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On University of Edinburgh headed notepaper - A great pity that Johannes [Röntgen] is missing the only concert with a modern work he does not know, Bantock's "Sappho" [performed by the Reid Orchestra, March 4, 1920] 'which is worth six times the best of Mahler', and was the main reason Tovey did not advise the Röntgens to send Johannes to Aurog [?] for the rest of the spring. Will try to arrange lots of interesting private chamber music, and give him 'plenty of orchestral exercises on paper'. Thanks Julian for his letter; hopes he has recovered. 'Mr N.N.' [Nimble Niceman, pet name for John Wellcome Tovey] has whooping cough, and Grettie has rheumatism; Tovey is 'on strike for a 48-hour day as usual'. The local press criticise the public for not giving the Reid Orchestra better audiences, but should instead point out that attendance is double last year (though this still is not enough).

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