Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Carlos Chávez, February 13, 1959.
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Feb 13 '58 [i.e. 1959]
I feel like a very lucky fellow today -- writing this letter to you from your own table in your own studio. I am simply enchanted with the set-up, and am most grateful to you for making it possible. Whats more, I have already written a page of music on my first morning here, which is a good sign!
Chebela[?] has been helpful. I was completely unprepared for your magnificent 'jardin' -- and look forward to getting to know it better. She explained it is all your conception, so I expect to discover a connection between your garden and your music. The situation of the house is sensational -- it is difficult for me to take my eyes off the landscape.
For the moment I have no car, because they are all rented in Mexico and Acapulco. So I cannot tell much about the surrounding country. Curious detail: just before leaving home my sister called me and told me she was going to Acapulco for five days next week with her husband and daughter, not having any idea I was to be there.
I am still under the spell of the magic change (in less than 24 hours) from the cold and snow of Ossining to the palm-trees and deep blue of the Pacific.
Well, this is merely to tell you, I arrived.
My best to Ottilia