Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Irving and Verna Fine, September 6, 1947.
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C/o American Embassy
Rio de Janeiro
Sept 6 '47
Hope this reaches you before you leave the wilds of N.H. Verna -- you were awful nice to write -- hope you're still dreaming about me.
The flight down was uneventful. Puerto Rico was pleasant for a day -- and there was an unforgettable Blake-like sky at sundown over Dutch Guiana.
Now I'm settled in an incredible apartment on top of a mountain overlooking the Rio harbor. Its all very curious because the mountain is plunked down right in the middle of Rio's Times Sq. Up here you think you are living in the country -- but you can walk down to city life in 10 minutes. The view is superb but the piano stinks! Well you can't have everything
I've just been launched on a series of 12 lectures on Amer. music. That, plus extra radio jobs playing recordings and me commenting (in Portuguese!) keeps me busy. Carvalho does his all-American program with the orch. next week. So Rio is getting a proper dose of musica norteamericana.
The city itself is beautiful as ever. Streets are always full of people -- no one ever seems to want to go home. Coffee every two hours till you are black in the face. A friendly, democratic feeling in the air that comes across because of the lack of color lines. Skins of all shades and faces of all shapes. Its endlessly amusing to sit at a sidewalk café and watch what passes. With all that, the art life in general is provincial, so I guess I'll be back in December!
Did I tell you that before leaving N.Y. I rented a marvellous house on the Hudson for 3 years? Wait until you see it. At last -- a home. And by the end of 3 years I hope to have built a permanent one.
The dark side of life: haven't written a note. I have a cook but no secretary -- AND -- I miss you both.
Write often and long.