Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Irving Fine, May 26, 1956.
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May 26, 1956
Latest dope: Adams says B & H does not attempt to collect a 1st recording fee for chamber music; sometimes does for orchestral music that has 'drawing power,' but even then it is in the form of a higher than usual rental on the material.
Asked composers about it too. Virgil and Dello Joio never heard of a fee; Henry Cowell claims to have collected $25. for his Violin Sonata from Columbia. Sounded to me like an exceptional case.
Clear? Hope so.