Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Nicolas Slonimsky, February 10, 1927.
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Thurs. [Feb 10, 1927]
Dear Kolya, --
You're a darling to have sent all those delightful write-ups. After reading them I went to the mirror to see if I could recognize myself.
How flattering it was to read that the 'Listener' can understand Strauss, Debussy, Stravinsky -- but not poor me. How instructive to learn that there is 'no rhythm in this so-called Concerto.' And how badly I felt for Mrs. Gardner of Bridgeport when I thought how badly she must have felt when she discovered her mistake in the title. Only one thing got my nanny: how dare H.T.P. talk of reducing me to my level, when I am waiting to be raised to my level. And all that really worries me is whether or not the Maestro will ever have sufficient courage to perform me anywhere.
I've seen Gerald half a dozen times and we always --- do your ears burn these days?
If you think of it next time you write, tell the dates of K's Paris concerts.
When the Concerto is played again ('O horrid thought'!) we must see if we can't get the police to raid the concert hall to give a little added interest to this 'horrible' experiment.