Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, June 3, 1951.
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June 3, 1951
Dear Sergei Alexandrovitch:
I have just been in London, where I had hoped to see you. Now that I realize that you are not to be in Europe this Spring, I hasten to write to you. I was very sorry to hear you had not been well, but I hope you are resting well now, for Tanglewood.
I have had a most interesting time since I left home. Israel was absolutely a wonderful experience. I lived with 30 composers for 5 days, and listened to their music. Everywhere we spoke of you -- in Zichron Yakov, in Ein Gev, in Jerusalem etc.
Rome has been a fine experience also. We have had one concert so far at the Academy of chamber music, and there will be a second one on June 11. The third will be in October. It is slow work to get the Italians interested in American music, but one must begin somewhere. I have been giving lectures (in Italian!) on American music in Rome, Naples, Firenze, Genoa, and Bologna.
Also, I have been conducting! The Rome Radio Orchestra; and tomorrow night a concert of my works here in Trieste, where the orchestra is fairly good. Also in London, -- the Clarinet Concerto with Jack Thurston as soloist. I think I am getting better as conductor all the time.
While I was in London I heard records of the Symphony by Racine Fricker, which won the first Foundation prize. It's a good first symphony of a talented young man -- already published.
I know how disappointed you must be that Lukas cannot come to Tanglewood. It is difficult to analyze tyhe exact nature of his illness, which is undoubtedly partly physical -- but also partly his mentality mixed in. He seems outwardly quite well and cheerful.
So many other things to discuss... But I shall wait until I am back. As usual, I will be in my barn-studio in Richmond.
I suppose you heard I am to be at Harvard next winter as Norton Professor.
All my best to Olga and deepest affection for you.