HEWITT, Cecil Rolph (1901-1994). Author under the name of C R Rolph.Email about this entry
Correspondence between Rolph and Steve Race, comprising 15 Typewritten Letters Signed, ca 19 pages folio, 1 Christimas card, 1987-1994 with 4 retained copies of Race's replies. Beginning with a fan letter for My Music, continuing through a long discussion of the vagaries of conductors, diatribes from both on politics and politicians and an arcane discussion of musical notation.
Also included is a Typewritten Letter Signed from John Gardner, 1 page folio, 18 April 1993, illustrating the origin of the musical scale and a signed copy of Rolph's privately-printed book Letters to Two Women. Where Steve Race's replies are missing, he has supplied a short precis of their contents.
'... Take the final movement of the Beethoven Fifth. Pom-pom-pom-pom, pom-pom-pom-pom - the batons held by the blokes I'm thinking of (Adrian Boult was one) actually went up at every pom, though the fourth pom got a sort of final flourish. No, I'm wrong - it went up at every first and fourth pom. I think I shall probably never understand. ..'Provenance: Sothebys, 17 December 1996 lot 208, sold on behalf of the Royal Society of Literature.
£150 [No: 21520]
The image shows one of Rolph's letters.