Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Olga Koussevitzky, August 27, 1954.
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August 27, 1954
I received Munch's suggestions for the B.S.O. anniversary commissions. Most of them came as a result of our discussion at Lunch. The question now is how to proceed.
I don't suppose that action can be taken in any case until Munch returns from Europe about October 1st. Perhaps you should try to organize a meeting as soon as Lenny comes back from Venice near the end of September.
My impression is that we shall have no difficulty with the European composer-commissions. Martin, Dallapiccola, Milhaud, Dutilleux, and Britten are indicated. I am not so sure about Blacher being the best representative from Germany. I would think that Orff or Von Einem ought to be considered. The American composers are more of a problem. I note that Munch has my name down on the list. This is not necessary, as I shall be doing a revision of the Symphonic Ode for the occasion. The rest of the names I think need general discussion.
I hope you are having something of a rest.