Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Harold Spivacke, September 25, 1944.
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Sept. 25, 1944
Thanks for the prompt reply to my last letter. Also for the check that came through safely.
I had no idea Martha would be coming for rehearsals as early as five days before the event. Naturally I don't intend to make a nuisance of myself during all that time!
My present plan is to fly up from here on the 25th, reaching Washington the following day. So please reserve a room for me from Thursday the 26th. (Even if I'm put off the plane for a day through lack of priorities I can still make the dress rehearsal.) My budget will stand $4. or $5. a day for a room - but the main thing is to put me where everybody will be. Half the fun of going to festivals is bumping into people in your hotel lobby.
If anything happens to make me change my plans I'll wire you. I hope you'll do the same. Please ask your secretary to write me the name of the hotel I'm to go to, in the event that I reach Washington at some ungodly hour, not knowing where to go. I'd like it if she could include some sort of announcement of the Festival, so that I can mull over the events to come in quiet contemplation.
Best greetings to you!