Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Harold Spivacke, January 31, 1944.
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January 31, 1944
Mr. Harold Spivacke: Chief
The Library of Congress
Division of Music
Thanks for the encouraging words about the part of the ballet you received from me. Martha Graham tells me you are planning for a premiere around October. I really think you don't need wait to get the score completely orchestrated in order to make definite plans. As far as I am concerned, I think that it is quite safe to go ahead as soon as you get the completed piano sketch. The orchestration is a mere detail.
I have revised my scheme a bit in regard to the instruments for which the ballet will be scored. I told Martha the other day that the ideal combination now seems to me to be the double string quartet with double bass, one piano, and three woodwinds (probably flute, clarinet, and bassoon). That adds up to thirteen men which is one more than your original letter called for if I remember correctly. I hope that's OK with you.