||ALEXANDER MACKENZIE (1847-1935)
||ALS (single-fold on three sides) to Henry Lytton April 23 1902 from 15, Regent's Park Road, N.W. (re : six songs THE CRICKET ON THE HEARTH 1st performed 1914)
I fear that the suggestion of letting the music be heard on the orchestra is impossible.
As I have done nothing more since I send you the voice parts. You will find that I say that I could not do anything further until I knew how the keys fitted the vocalists. Nor could I write any of the introductions or melos (all this would be quite a lot, I fancy) until I had satisfied myself on this point
You had better see whether they (the Directors) would care to hear the bare six numbers with Piano accompt. with the vocalists of course. (These would be necessary in any case)
This proposal could be managed by Monday week doubtless, and seems to me the only way out of it : if they are in a hurry.
But I couldnt undertake to finish the score by anything like this time.
You had better see to this at once and let me know.
With kind regards,
H.A. Lytton Esq.
I've been wretchedly unwell all this time and quite unfit for work. Just beginning to feel a little better.
I cant write the music within a copy of the book, which I send back to you.
I shall be at the R.C.M. tomorrow Thursday from 2 to 6.Friday 3 to six