Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to his family, March 8, 1922.
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March 8, 1922
Dear Ma & Pa, --
I have not received mail from you but this being my day to write, I am doing so.
I suppose you remember I wrote in my last letter that Mademoiselle Boulanger was going to write to a publisher to hear some of my compositions. Well, since then, I received a letter from the publisher, Monsieur Senart, to come to his office and play them. That exciting event came off yesterday. I found that the firm is a sort of corporation, and any compositions published must be passed by a committee of 7 men. The whole committee was there in full force and I calmly (?) played a piano piece and 3 songs on the bummest piano I've ever played on. Everyone was very polite and when I finished Monsieur Senart said he would let me know by mail whether the committee decided to publish any, in the meantime keeping the compositions. Thats how the situation is now. I hope by the next letter to be able to tell you whether anything happened or not. I guess my chances are about 50-50. But even if they don't publish any of them, the compositions are all there and maybe some day somebody else will.
In the mean time I am very busy learning how to write for a big orchestra, and also composing a new quartet. What with my piano lessons, and concerts and shows, you can easily imagine that time is simply flying. In two and a half weeks I am off for Italy. I expect to eat lots of macaroni and warn everybody that "me no capish."
Harold went with me to the photographers to see the proofs and we decided to take 3 and 3 of two different poses. I am to get the finished pictures in 3 days and will send them to you immediately, keeping one for myself. I do hope you will be satisfied with the way they come out, but if not, blame it on my face.
Miss Rutenberg has written me that she played my "Cat and Mouse" for Adler, and that he said he liked it, tho he thought it was "rather modern in spots." Translated into English that means I am still a musical "Bolshevik."
The weather has been very changeable these last few days. Monday will be warm, with the sun out, and all the women with baby carriages out in the park. Tuesday it is cold, rainy and miserable out. Otherwise Paris is the same old place it always was.
For the second time since coming to Paris I went to the movies to see a picture which played at the "Capitol" in N.Y., but which I had never seen before. The French are big movie fans and are crazy about Mary Pickford and the rest of the gang.
Until next time. Love to all.