Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Carlos Chávez, July 1, 1936.
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Principio de julio 1936
Dear Carlos -----
Here is the material for Agea, which has just come from N.Y., thanks to Miss Lawton of the library. I think he'll find enough material for his program notes there.
I've been having piano troubles. Puebla had none available -- except very bad ones. I think I have finally found one here. In the mean time I have been practicing as well as I could on every available piano in Tlaxcala. I think the whole town will soon know my Concerto quite well! I find that one's musical passport here is 'Sobre las Olas' -- without being able to play that you can't get very far. If only Senor Rosas could have lived to hear my version of his masterpiece!
How is everything going? I am planning to come to Mexico on the day of your first concert and to remain until we play together. That will give us a full week of rehearsals together, which I hope will be enough. I've become impressed with how difficult the Concerto is in spots. I hope you enjoy rehearsing it.
I am also returning the American Composers Catalogue. I've added my complete list of works to date in there. Biographical data I'm sure you have from before.
I suppose you're working very hard. Bonne chance and much affection