Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Nadia Boulanger, March 1, 1945.
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March 1, 1945
It was wonderful to get your letter and to find you so enthusiastic about the new ballet. I was a little unprepared for so much enthusiasm because some friends who know my music well have been rather severe about my 'copying myself.' It is a difficult point -- to say exactly what line divides the justifiable and unjustifiable repetition of manner, procedures, ideas, in an artist's work. So I am delighted that you found 'fraicheur' there.
Forgive me if I jump from the above to the enclosed clipping in to-days paper. Imagine how excited I am! It is a unique opportunity to bring back to Paris at such a moment some of the fruits which were nourished there.
You must give me all your ideas as to what would be most effective from a French point of view. We are planning to present Stravinsky's Symphony as part of the Festival -- and to send his own recordings to Paris as a guide for the conductor. (I so much enjoyed seeing him here, amidst an admiring group of jeunesse americain. That is how it should be!)
Have you any messages to send, any greetings, any errands for me to do? It will be a pleasure to carry out your wishes. Have you any news of Gargenville or of 36 rue Ballu? I shall be leaving about April, and plan to stay 3 months.
In haste, and with all my affection
P.S. Some time you must tell me your negative feeling about my Violin Sonata. I am just as interested in your disapprovals as in your praises.
The copy of the ballet you have was formerly mine. The Library of Congress then presented me with a second copy, so I am delighted to present the first to you ?
It will seem very strange to be in Paris without you there!