Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, September 27, 1947.
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Sept. 27, 1947
Dear Sergei Alexandrovitch:
I have been waiting until I was sure you would be back in Boston before writing you. Of course the news of the marriage went all around the world, so Brazil heard it too. Please tell Olga how pleased I am, both for her and for you -- and may you both have many years of happiness together.
Since leaving Tanglewood I have been in Rio de Janeiro, where I will stay until Oct. 15th. I've been giving lectures on American music to the Brazilians, playing recordings on the air with my comments in Portuguese (!), and generally getting to know better the Brazilian musical scene.
So far, of course, the big event was the all-American program conducted by Carvalho. He played Schuman's Symphony for Strings, Menin's[sic] Folk Overture, and my Third Symphony. An ambitious program, -- particularly when you consider that the orchestra here is not used to playing modern music, and is not of a good quality in general. Carvalho did his best, but it was pioneer work both with the orchestra itself and with the public. On all sides I heard people talk of Carvalho's extraordinary improvement as conductor. He talks of you everywhere, naturally, but even without that I think you could get a job as teacher of conducting in Brazil on the basis of this one pupil alone! But seriously, the example of one such case as Carvalho, does a great deal for building up the reputation of the United States as a place for young musicians to finish their training.
Until Oct 15th my address will be: care American Embassy in Rio de Janeiro. After that, care of the American embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina until Nov. 15th. I hope to be back in New York by December first.
This letter will be reaching you at the start of the new season. I hope the European trip was refreshing and restful, and that you will have a brilliant 47-48 season. My warm greetings to Olga and to Mrs. Hirschmann, if she is in Boston.