Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Harold Spivacke, May 10, 1943.
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May 10, 1943
I'll be waiting with much curiosity to see Miss Graham's scenario. It hasn't arrived as yet, however. I'm also glad to see that the date of the premiere is as late as Oct. 30 now. Don't be concerned about the number of musicians. There is no difficulty on that point since it's being taken into account as early as this. The type of musical instruments needed will depend on the nature of Miss Graham's scenario. I'll try to stick to Chavez' choice of instruments as far as practicable.
Your letter of April 15th was illuminating on the subject of performance fees. Since you state that the likelihood of the Coolidge Foundation sending the ballet on tour...is practically nil and that only a few performances are contemplated during the year of exclusivity, I assume you would have no objection if I ask that the number of free performances included in the commission fee be limited to five.
Best greetings to you,