Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Carlos Chávez, December 8, 1951.
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Dec. 8, 1951
Awfully nice to have a newly issued score of yours. Thanks so much for sending it to me. Since I had the recordings it was fine to be able to follow from score. It stands up very well I think. Since it is so essentialized and bare there is really nothing there to get stale! And the music, despite the simplicity, is so very much your own kind of thing. Write us more music, please!
You can see from the letterhead where I am this winter. Did I tell you that I was appointed to the special professorship that Stravinsky had some ten years ago? It's a soft job -- just six lectures, -- but one must publish them, so it is like having to write a book. (Stravinsky did the Poetique Musicale as the Norton Professor.) I am calling mine Music and the Imaginative Mind. So far I have delivered three lectures and they seem to have gone well.
Unfortunately I haven't been able to get much composing done. Rome and Israel for six months was very interesting but distracting, and now with this book...Well, my appetite is increasing daily, and soon I will be free to do as I like.
Let me hear how you are. Greetings to Blas and Sandi and Moncayo.