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Commenting on a similarity between passages of Britten and Beethoven: "Are not very good things often like very good things?"
Autograph Letter signed: "Walford Davies", 1 page, 4x6¼. The Athenaeum, Pall Mall (London), no date. To "Dear Mr. Williams", in full: "You are quite right. Britten himself said anyone could hear that his tune in Symphony I [illegible phrase] was like Beethoven IXth. Are not very good things often like very good things? Yours truly". Walford Davies (1869-1941), organist, chorus master and music director of Temple Church, London, was also a teacher and composer. Davies became music director of the newly formed Royal Air Force in 1917. He wrote and for many years had a popular BBC radio program on classical music, directed at average listeners. He was knighted in 1922. The "Britten" in this letter would be English composer Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Light foxing (affecting signature, still legible). Normal mailing fold. Slightly worn at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: September 6, 1869 in Shropshire town of Oswestry, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 11, 1941 in Wrington, near Bristol, England, United Kingdom

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