Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, March 4, 1948.
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March 4, 1948
Dear Sergei Alexandrovitch:
I suppose that you heard that I was in California. While you were in Arizona, I got an offer from the same man who had produced two of my other films [added in ink: Lewis Milestone] to do the score for a story by the well-known American writer, John Steinbeck. I am glad the offer came when it did because it gives me a chance to make some money and to be back before your last concert in New York.
The job keeps me very busy because I have to produce fifty-two minutes worth of music in a comparatively short time. Still it's amusing to write for the films occasionally -- and certainly the California weather is wonderful! (You really must try it sometime.)
I've been keeping in touch with Tod Perry, and my impression is that it will be several weeks between the time I come home (April 10th) and the time when decisions about student scholarships [should crossed out: "must" added in pen] be made. Because of scholarships offered by outside sources we are going to have composing scholarship students from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Palestine.
I recently had a letter from my Norwegian student, who is back in Norway, telling me that the composition that he wrote at Tanglewood last summer has just won him a big prize in his own country.
Fond greetings to Olga and Genia. I'll be seeing you all next month.