Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Carlos Chávez, September 27, 1962.
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September 27, 1962
What a disappointment that you weren't able to come! But of course I realized how complicated it might be. In any event, I was just on the point of calling you at the Barbizon when your letter reached me.
I finished my piece just in time to have the parts ready for the first rehearsal. It would have been very nice to have had your reaction. I must say that I myself was surprised how well it was received in view of the fact that the harmonic language was rather severe. Somehow people seemed to be carried along by the fact that the piece has a strong dramatic quality and in some way seemed to fit the solemnity of the occasion and the clean lines of the new Hall. Well -- I will send you a score as soon as it is published.
As for the Hall itself, there are plenty of problems acoustically speaking. Even after all these are ironed out, I doubt whether the quality of sound will ever in any way be distinctive. Something in the construction materials used tends to make different orchestras sound the same. This only goes to prove what you and I already know, namely, that the art of the acoustician is a very shaky one.
All my best to you, and good luck on the finishing of the Symphony.