Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Irving and Verna Fine, November 30, 1949.
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Nov 30, 1949
It was lovely to get your birthday letter -- even tho' I was trying so hard to forget it. It came shortly after I had seen Florence R at the concert in Boston, so the tale-of-woe' part was old news. However, I'm sure you're more acclimated by now.
I've ben trying to think what's happened since you left. Nothing phenomenal, I'd say. I've been working along, quietly, without getting much done. The songs have bogged down -- mostly for lack of fast material. I've had a request for a work for 2 pianos and orch. and I'm tempted (from Fizdale & Gold). I've had a request for a third book from Whittlesey House and I'm tempted. And just today word came from Lawrence Roberts of the American Academy in Rome suggesting a 6 months stay there next year -- and I'm tempted!
It was good to hear the 'Statements' uner Munch. He did a good job, and we seemed to hit it off well. It'll never be a popular piece, but I'm glad I wrote it.
As for music: Mitropoulos revived Schoenberg's 'Serenade' at an ISCM concert. Its one of his best pieces. Marc's opera has had lots of discussion -- but no general decision seems to have been arrived at. I liked it --but I don't think I 'enjoyed' it -- its so strained and strident. But a sort of milestone in its field.
Saw Gail [Kubik] (briefly); David Diamond, who threatens to settle for good on the West Coast; B. Britten, who came out to the house for a day -- talking about his next opera on 'Billy Budd'; Leon Kirchner, whose new Quartet looks impressive -- and last, but hardly least, S.K. back from his triumphs in Rio. He got your letter and seemed pleased?
Is this newsy enough for you? Oh yes, there's a plot on foot to have Columbia record Amer. chamber music and we've got the Partita down on the list.
My best to the Boulangerie, especially Sarah & Noel. Love to you-all from us-all