Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Nicolas Slonimsky, 1927-1930.
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Dear Kolya --
How do you manage to be such a perfect angel? I have lost hours of sleep in reproaching myself for not writing you but honestly and truly, there hasn't been an instant of real repose since I last saw you. I told Gerald to write you everything about the Zaslavsky affair. It seems very far away now and not worth wasting time over. He received incredibly good criticisms and even the house was surprisingly full. 'It is to laugh.'
I am just back from Philadelphia. Reiner did justifiable, but funny, things to my piece. I thought I had written a wild, turbulent unbuttoned Scherzo, and he turned out a delicate, etherial Scherzo. The orchestra played it at a tempo that no other orchestra could dare attempt -- no, not even the Pierian Sodality. Anyway the main thing is Reiner is now on my list -- will play anything I give him. I wonder how N.Y. will like the piece, Tuesday.
Everyone I met here in town who is a good friend of yours mentions your name and then shakes his or her head most solicitously. Are you really so badly off as they seem to like to think? I for one can't believe it. But I do hope, if anything is not so good, it will pick up soon. I am everlastingly grateful for all the clippings.
The less I write you the more I think of you.