Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Carlos Chávez, July 17, 1948.
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Berkshire Music Center
July 17, 1948
Mr. Carlos Chavez
Avenida Pirineos, 775
Lomas de Chapultepec
It was lovely to hear from you after such a long time. I had heard you were in New York when I was in Hollywood. Que lastima! I was glad to have news of the recordings and the opera plans. You can imagine how pleased I would be if the recordings of the Short Symphony were actually to be realized.
I have had a busy year since I was in Mexico last June. I conducted concerts of my works with the Colon Orchestra in Buenos Aires and with the SODRE orchestra in Montevideo. Also gave mny lectures and radio talks on American music. In Rio, where I spent eight weeks, I apparently upset Villa Lobos considerably at a meeting of the Academia Brasileira de Musica by talking at too great length about the achievements of one Carlos Chavez! After South America, I composed a film score for Steinbeck's The Red Pony.
I am planning to give a talk on Mexican music at Tanglewood in a seminar on new music. I have asked a pianist to learn your Sonata, which I haven't heard well performed in a good many years. We will also be doing the Songs of Blas and the Musica de Feria by Revueltas. We have more than 450 students this summer, so you can imagine there is much to do.
By the way, I never received a copy of Musica Nueva with my article in it. Would you be kind enough to ask your secretary to send me a few copies?
Muchos recuerdos to all the friends and a special abrazo for yourself.
[in ink]: Love