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BOUGHTON Rutland - Autograph Letter Signed 1932 to a violinist

  • £340.00

Rutland BOUGHTON (1878-1960)

Autograph Letter Signed (“Rutland Boughton”) to “Dear Mrs. Drinkwater” [violinist Daisy Fowler], expressing his wish to hear her play “the Violin Sonata”.
1 page 4to, Kilcote, Newent, 3 January 1932. 
Seeing the enclosed programme (for which I am not responsible) makes me wish that you were playing the Violin Sonata. Have you come across it? If not, I’d like to ask Curwen to send you a copy.
With love to John (the big one – in case there is a small one too).
In a postscript he adds “I see John’s ‘Holiness’ is also in the programme.”
Rutland Boughton is perhaps best known for his opera The Immortal Hour; he composed an opera based on Thomas Hardy’s The Queen of Cornwall. A committed socialist, for a time a member of the Communist Party, he was also a friend of George Bernard Shaw, though Boughton failed to persuade Shaw to collaborate with him on an opera.
He also has the distinction of originating the first Glastonbury Festival, which took place from 1914-1926. Unlike the current festival, it was dedicated to opera, its format based on that at Bayreuth.


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