Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Mary Lescaze, 1936.
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Dear Mary -
Rudi Burckhardt, my young Swiss photographer friend whom you may remember from our musical party evening, has asked me if I wouldn't approach you on the following matter:
Last Spring he made a 16 min. movie in which I starred(!) - you should see it. He is now at work on a second one, in which he needs some shots of a scene in a very swank N.Y. abode. After mature consideration he decided yours was the swankiest he could possibly find -- and so he'd like to know whether it would be possible to come some day with his equipment and 2 actors and do the work necessary. It would take from 10 to 3 or 4, so -- if you decide to let him -- you'd better pick a day when you're out so as not to be disturbed.
I wrote you this, instead of telephoning, so you might have time to think it over. Would you mind writing him a card to 145 W. 21 shortly after you get this however, letting him know what you decide.
Too bad about the Pro Arte but of course you know best.
Daub successfully scared me out of the cemetery-loft. I'm now on the look-out for just an ordinary loft!