Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Natalie Koussevitzky, 1930.
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Dear Madame Koussevitsky:
Here are the program notes for the 'Symphonic Ode.' Mr. Hale may use as little or as much as he likes.
I am very sorry that our concert next Sunday makes it impossible for me to be in Boston then, in order to go over he score with Mr. Koussevitsky. But when the date of our concert was arranged I thought the 'Ode' would be played in February, and when I heard that the Ode was postponed until March it was too late to change the day of the concert.
Of course I can be in Boston very early Monday morning. In fact I have been thinking that I could be at your house about 8 A.M. Monday morning and if Mr. Koussevitsky wants to, we can go over the score together for almost two hours before the first reharsel[sic].
Another plan which we might think of is to give the 'Ode' only three rehearsels[sic] on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In that case I could arrive in Boston Monday afternoon and we could go over the score together then.
I have also thought of coming up one day this week if only for a few hours. But even that is extremely difficult. Not only is the concert very complicated to manage because of the films and the small orchestra, but I ought to be in New York each day next week because of the Theatre Guild show for which I have written the music. They have the right to demand my help at any time this week.
Please explain all this to Mr. Koussevitsky and let me know what he decides.