Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Irving Fine, March 8, 1946.
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March 8, 1946.
Thanks for the editorial which mildly amazed. I don't remember ever having been editorialized over before. I was relieved and pleased to hear that the Dean had listened to reason. Your name was already in the catalogue and I was holding my breath in case anything went haywire.
Lenny and I have been talking houses for the summer. We've had one offer of an eight bedroom former country-club sort of place -- but they asked $2300 for it! Helen Coates is in the process of investigating. The real estate people say that everyone who has a house available wants to sell, not rent. I admit it looks grim -- but if the worst comes to the very worst I suppose we'll all have to be satisfied with a room someplace.
Your description of the Stravinsky seance sounded historic. When am I going to see that Violin Sonata of your'n? Harold is in for a fine season. I'm enclosing a review from the West Coast just in case he hasn't seen it.
The L of C and the ISCM have no relations of any kind. My impression from reading the writings of Mr. Kurt List is that his musical vision is rather limited, not to say warped. I'm suspicios of that beard! He's written some nasty cracks anent yours truly which hasn't exactly endeared me to him. Oh well.
I may try to get up to Boston when LB does the Danzon Cubano. Sooner or later I'll have to get up to take a look at some of those there applications that they say have been piling up.
Everything good to you.
P.S. Did anyone tell you that Martinu is going to be with us in the Composition Dept?