Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Carlos Chávez, April 6, 1947.
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Care Boosey & Hawkes
668 Fifth Ave.,
Apr. 6, 1947
Delighted we were able to arrive at a happy conclusion to my conducting in June.
I hope you haven't forgotten your suggestion that I may be given some time to work with the orchestra from the very start of the rehearsal period, because I am frankly worried about my ability to prepare the two works in the ordinary time of the week of the concert. I am free to come to Mexico any time from about May 20th. So please let me know when the first rehearsals will start, and when you would like to have me there. I'd like to know this as early as possible so as to make my plans accordingly.
When you wired me to conduct the Third Symphony and Appalachian Spring I wondered whether you remembered that the Symphony lasts almost 40 minutes and App. Spr. lasts about 22 minutes. I thought I?d mention it in relation to whatever you are planning for the rest of the program.
By the way, I neglected to answer Halffter's and your letter concerning the article for Nuestra Musica. I plan to do one on The Younger Generation of American Composers. I'll try to finish it before coming to Mexico. I hope you won't object if I retain the rights to publish it subsequently in English and in other Latin-American countries, with due credit being given to Nuestra Musica.
I've been 'hiding' in Boston the past six weeks in order to finish a choral piece commissioned for the Harvard Symposium in May. (Did you know that Martha is performing your ballet as part of the Symposium on May 3rd? I'll be glad to be able to re-hear it then.) My piece is done -- thank heavens! It is a setting of the first two pages of the bible for mixed chorus acappella with mezzo-soprano solo called: "In the beginning " and lasts 14 minutes. I was reluctant to use the bible as a text but just couldn't find anything else suitable!
You know what would be wonderful -- if someone knew of an apartment with piano I could rent in Mexico City from may 22 to June 22. Or is that asking for miracles?