Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Paul Bowles, December 13, 1934.
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Dec 13 1934
Paul Cheri -
What on earth are you doing in the jungles of Colombia? And did you ever receive the letter I sent you in October (a long one, sent to Fez (!), explaining why I've not written oftener, and why you shouldnt have and never should feel neglected etc. etc.) I had no idea you'd be down there this long or I would have written again sooner.
I've been in Chicago for the past few weeks a propos of the ballet I wrote you about. Its being given a second time to-morrow night at the Chicago Opera. It was fun for me to have done it so fast and Victor says the music is good. Incidentally I've been wining and dining all over town with the 'best people' -- a strong contrast to our Minnesota farmer friends of the summer. (While I write this, V is at the piano doing his own version of Ainsi parfois. By the way, did you know that thanks to Virgil we finally did have word from St. Leger about the poem and so the song is being published in the volume and will be out in another month or so. Where should we send it to you when it does finally appear?)
I saw Stein and Toklas here. They immediately asked for 'Freddy.' I told them the little I knew. Toklas seems to have the upper hand in management, Stein looks a bit vague as if a bit dizzied by all the furore around them. Now that they are the property de tout le monde I suppose you're not interested. You needn't be. (Its my great consolation for not being famous.)Listen -- what are you doing down there anyhow? This letter is the equivalent of 16 of your postal cards so sit down and write me all, and be explicit. God how I love explicissity.
You asked about the 'Short Symphony.' Koussie turned it down after a year and a half. I asked him "is it too difficult?" "Now, ["] says he, "c'est n'est pas difficile, c'est impossible." Exactly one week later Chavez gave the world premiere in Mexico City. So there! He sent me a teribly enthusiastic letter which set me up considerably.
Where do you go next -