[ Rudolph Dolmetsch, composer and keyboard virtuoso. ] Fifteen Typed Letters and Notes Signed (all 'Rudolph Dolmetsch') to his music copyist A. Stroud
Dolmetsch studied under Constant Lambert at the Royal College of Music, and was a protégé of Sir Henry Wood. Shortly before his death he published a well-regarded book on conducting, in the face of the violent opposition to conductors of his father the early-music pioneer Arnold Dolmetsch. Each of the items (of which eleven are letters and four notes) is 1p., 4to. All but one of the items are in fair condition, on aged and worn paper, but with the earliest pitted along one fold, with loss to text. The recipient is A. Stroud of 185 Victoria Road, Aldershot. In the first letter he asks Stroud to 'come over to Haslemere' to discuss future work: 'My flat is right in the middle of the town and next to Blaker's the chief chemists and over Flinns the dry cleaners. | I shall, of course, be pleased to pay the buss [sic] fare.' In the next letter he asks Stroud to copy 'one of my works, for which I would like a complete set of parts with the usual cues written in [...] I shall be broadcasting this work on July 27th.' Subsequent letters relate to work on a 'the Partita', 'the Musical Offering', 'my Suite', 'a Suite for Military Band lasting 15.50' (this suite on Elizabethan tunes was broadcast by the B.B.C. Military Band in January 1941) and a Bach cantata. The two longest letters both date from 1939, the first (27 May) concerning his 'Pastoral Rhapsody', and the second (12 August) the copying of pieces by Wagner, Grieg, Delius, Bach, Trabaci and Scarlatti, with comments on each piece. The longest comment, regarding the Bach, reads: 'Suite in C. Mark the expression, phrasing, reference letters, ornamentation (to be written at the foot of the page as on the score) etc. of the complete set of parts. In cases where the string parts double the wind parts, but with the addition of bowing marks. Scratching out, or any other clear method will do equally well, where the markings on the parts have to be altered in accordance with the score. Finish by Oct. 9th.' The correspondence ends at the time Dolmetsch was called up for active service as a Royal Artillery gunner.