Item 193 - Letter from Donald Tovey to Elizabeth Trevelyan

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Letter from Donald Tovey to Elizabeth Trevelyan


  • 4 Mar 1929 (Creation)

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39 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh. - Has written to [Charles] Ricketts explaining that the chorus is 'a body of singers of no individual presentability' who begin to sound chorus when there are 'at least 6 to a part'; agrees with him on 'the uselessness of them as a spectacle', but knows how things sound. Enjoyed Bob's visit very much; relieved that 'he was not unfavourably impressed by the singers'. Hedmont, the producer, is very competent, and Tovey approves of him, though he is 'conceited, obstinate, rude, unfriendly, disloyal, and vulgar in his musical tastes'. The singers are working 'with the utmost keenness & care'.

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