Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Carlos Chávez, March 28, 1944.
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March 28, 1944
I had your nice wire, your letter -- and today the Boletin.
I was delighted that you liked the score for North Star. I was in Hollywood for seven months, and sometimes I used to wonder whether any movie score is worth that much of one's time. It was a diffiult job because of the Russian atmosphere that had to be in the score. Sometime I hope we can see it together so that I can get your detailed reaction. Later on, I hope to make a Suite from the music.
Its been an active winter for me. I finished a Violin Sonata, and am still working on the Martha Graham ballet, which is almost done. Naturally I am terribly disappointed that you haven't sent your completed score to her. The idea of our being presented on the same program with two new ballets was awfully nice. I just assume that your activities in Mexico are such that there just was no time to work on the piece. Too bad!
I am about to go to live in Cambridge until the end of June. I am teaching at Harvard for the Spring term, and giving some lectures there. I am trying my best to keep myself free for the summer so that I can come to Mexico, and settle in some quiet place to work on a large new orchestral work. If you happen to hear of anyone wanting to rent a suitable house, let me know.
[in ink]: All my best to you.