Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to his parents, July 4, 1921.
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July 4th, 1921
Dear Ma & Pa, --
Here it is the 4th of July and I have not yet received any mail from anyone in the States. But I thought I would write you a short note. Everything is about the same. To-day, of course, we are having a holiday and I haven't decided what to do yet. My piano arrived last Friday and altho it is an awful tin can I do some work on it. There are no pianos in France to compare with the Steinway. America is ahead in that, anyway.
To-day I took my first hair-cut since I left home. They charge here only 15¢! I forgot to tell you that there is going to be a course in Conducting given by Albert Wolff of the Metropolitan and Paris Opera Houses. I think I may take it instead of the piano, because you never can tell when you may need a little knowledge about conducting; and the subject can be fully covered in 3 months. I am enclosing a copy [of] a clipping from the Paris edition of the New York Herald about the opening of the school. They tell me that there was a notice in the paper about the concert on the ship, but I have not seen that edition.
I suppose everybody is going to the country now. It is not at all warm here, but just nice. I am leading a quiet life, doing some practicing and composing, walking in the beautiful gardens they have here, getting to bed at 11 every night and getting up at 7:30. If I only get as well settled at Paris for the winter, I'll be lucky. Just think, we forgot to take along an umbrella, so I'll have to go out and buy one. I expect a letter from you any day, now, and will answer when I receive it. Love to all.
Tell Lil the meals here are quite like home cooking. I eat spinach, and salad and cheese and everything.