Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to William Strickland, September 26, 1944.
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Sept. 26, 1944
It was good to hear from you after so long a time. As you see I'm not so far from San Antonio. But I was surprised to learn you were there. As a matter of fact, only a few weeks ago I asked Dr. Heinsheimer of Boosey & Hawkes to send you a copy of a choral version for male voices of my 'Song of the Guerillas' from The North Star movie. I remembered that you asked me for something for the Army Music School chorus. Its about to be published, but I wanted you to have an advance copy. I don't know what he did about it, if anything. In any case, I see I am about six months late. Tant pis!
Personally I have no objection to Buebendorf making an arrangement of El Salon Mexico for band. But legally I have no say in the matter since Boosey owns the copyright. As a matter of record I might tell you that the idea of making a band arrangement has been a pet one of B. & H., but after consultation with several experienced band people, everybody was agreed that very few bands were capable of tackling the difficult rhythms of El Salon. Therefore from a commercial standpoint the idea flopped. However, if Buebendorf wants to amuse himself with an arrangement I have no objections, and would even be curious to see it. It mighht be a good idea to write to Dr. Hans Heinsheimer and ask his permission, telling him that you already have my blessing.
I'm stuck away in a little Mexican town, trying to write a long orchestral work. Expect to be back in New York in November.
Best of luck to you.
[signed] Aaron Copland