Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, October 18, 1939.
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Oct. 18, 1939
Dear Sergei Alexandrovitch:
I was delighted to have your telegram about the Ballet Suite: Billy the Kid. I will do my best to get the orchestral parts to you on time. This is a very complicated business. There is a set of parts in Philadelphia, but it includes the entire ballet, and from that I must remove all the parts that are not in the Suite. This is no trouble, but it will take time -- as the parts must be sent here first and then back to Boston. I hope I can promise it for the 6th of November -- that is, to have it in Boston by that date.
Of course I would be very disappointed if I could not be present at the performance, at least. But it is absolutely impossible for me to know now whether I must still be in Hollywood by the 25th of Nov. You see I have a job now, and so I am not my own boss until the picture on which I am working is finished.
Naturally it would be much safer if the performance were postponed until February. But if you feel you would like it for the November concert, please remember that I may not be able to be there -- which would be too bad of course from my viewpoint, but not exactly a catastrophe. In any case I will send the parts as soon as I can.
Hollywood is an extraordinary place. You must come here some time. It's like nothing else in the world. Thank heavens!
I hope the season is progressing well.
With best greetings to the family, including Bima,