Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Harold Spivacke, July 8, 1944.
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July 8, 1944
At last I am able to write you that the complete score of the ballet has been mailed to you. Since I put the score on thin master sheets I hope you will send a copy to Martha Graham soon, so that she may have some idea of the sonorities. I am also planning to make some piano records for her, so that she will know my tempi. Unfortunately, she had left for Bennington before I had arrived back here, so I had no opportunity to play the completed score for her. Also I hope you are planning to send me a photostat of the score for my collection.
I hope also that you will be able to send her a copy of the piano version of the ballet made from master sheets that I am about to send you. (I have had to hold on to them for a few more days so as to make the recording.) Martha has the ballet complete already, - but since sending it to her there have been some minor changes made, so that she ought to have this final version for comparison. Please return the originals of the piano version to me with the orchestral score copy, as I never know when I may need further copies.
I am about to leave for Mexico for the summer, so hold everything until you get an address from me. That goes for the check also!
I hope the ballet all turns out well, and that you and Mrs. Coolidge will feel properly rewarded for all your pains!
[signed] Aaron C---------
P.S. I wrote Martha that if the orchestration for 13 players is too much for her on the road, the score could be played (with slight rearrangements) with only a single string quartet for the string section, instead of the double string quartet and bass now called for. That would reduce the number of players to 8.