Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Carlos Chávez, August 8, 1932.
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52 West 58 St.
Aug 8, '32
Dear Carlos -----
I was about to write to you when your telegram came. I have many things to tell you and to ask you.First, about the 'Music for the Theatre' score. I will send it air-mail before a week has passed. I can't send it immediately because I am correcting the proofs which have just come from Vienna. There are several small changes (making it a little shorter) and even one in orchestration (of the Dance movement.) But I'm sure it will reach you in time.
You say you need it for [your] Sept 2nd program. Does that mean that you will not do the Symphonic Ode on Sept. 2 as you originally thought of doing?
I have been thinking very much of you and Mexico and I would have written to you before but I still do not know the exact date of my arrival in Mexico City. All I can say is that it will be sometime between September 1 and Sept. 30. I hope it will be early so that I can hear the concert of Sept. 2. If I come by boat, it will be early, but if I come by automobile it cannot be until a little later. It is too long to explain why there are these complications, but the important thing is that I will be there -- soon. As soon as I have finally made up my mind, I will let you know the exact date.
Can you tell me two things:
(1) Give me an address where I can have my mail sent, until I have a permanent address.
(2) Give me the name of a hotel where I will stay I suppose until I get definitely established in my own place.
You'll be glad to hear that I am studying Spanish and reading a great deal about Mexico, so that I think I can already find my way around the City without a guide!
I am spending a quiet summer in New York, working on the same new orchestral piece which I hope to finish in Mexico.
And looking forward 'passionement' to my Mexican trip.