Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to his parents, September 3, 1932.
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Sept. 3, 1932
Dear Ma & Pa, --
Here I am, at last in Mexico City. The trip from San Antonio took two nights and a day on the train and was absolutely uneventful. We just arrived in San Antonio in time to catch the train that would bring us here in time for the all-Copland program.
Well, we arrived on the morning of the concert and were met at the station and have been very well taken care of ever since. An apartment had already been found for me in a quiet but central part of the city. Not long after my arrival people from the newspapers came and I am sending you some of the results. The article is too long to translate and says mostly things that you already know.
The concert took place yesterday evening. There was a rumor that the American Ambassador would come, but he didn't show up. It was an interesting experience to hear a whole program made up of my own works. The newspaper criticisms will come out later.
In the morning, Chavez took me to meet one of the Cabinet ministers, so that I feel I'm already a friend of the Government! No one seems to mind the change of president which I suppose you read about in the papers.
The City itself reminds me much more of Europe than of America. Its hard to believe I havent crossed any water to get here. Its a great help having so many friends here, tho I must say, the Mexicans I see in the streets seem to have little relation to the Mexicans who are my friends. The city is a great mixture of magnificence and of poverty. But it has great charm too.I know you must have been disappointed that I didn't see the folks in Dallas but there just wasn't time if that concert was to be made.
Tell Leon that the car stood up under the strain so he can be proud of it. We had only two punctures in all, and one break in the gas line which occurred in the mountains at night in Tennessee and might have forced us to spend the night where we were stuck, if we weren't rescued by a farmer-mechanic who happened along by chance.
Thats all for the moment. Write me at the address I gave you.
Love to all.