Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Nadia Boulanger, April 14, 1945.
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April 14, 1945
Its very sad -- but I'm afraid the Festival in Paris is not to happen after all -- at any rate, not this Spring, as planned. Perhaps in the Fall, altho I am not too optimistic. You can imagine how disappointed I am!
Just between ourselves I feel the O.W.I. made something of a mess of its own plans. They were venturing into what was a new field for them -- concert giving -- and unforeseen and serious financial complications arose. Since I am not a member of the OWI I have been able to do nothing but watch our plans go wrong. There is still some chance for the Fall -- so I shall wait and see.
In the meantime I am in the country. It is beautiful here -- and I am working hard on my Symphony. Quel travail! Also -- I am making a Suite for orchestra of the "Appalachian Spring" ballet.
So -- unlike Mr. Hurok -- I have my composing to console me for the disappointments of an impressario's life. Still -- it would have been nice to go to Paris now. Dommage!