Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Marcelle de Manziarly, September 14, 1943.
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Sept. 14, 1943
You probably think me some nameless kind of wretch for not writing weeks ago about the receipt of your String Quartet. But it arrived just at the moment when I began to really get to work on the score of The North Star. Now finally it is all finished, and one of the first things I did was to read the piece with a great deal of pleasure. It is easy to understand why it received such good reviews last Spring. It must sound so well -- it is so clear and expertly done. I think I liked best the 2nd and 3rd movements. (By comparison the 1st seems a trifle academic in spots.) I particularly liked the part in the 3rd movement around no. 10-15. I suppose that is because it seems to me just the way I would have done it also! I like less no. 22-24, where again I am too conscious of the logical workman.
I am very keen to hear the whole thing played, and am hoping you can arrange it some time. In the meantime I shall enjoy having the score close by. [added in ink: Now you must compose more and more.]
Now that the job here is finished I can come home. I will be back in early October. On the way back I am stopping in Colorado for a week to give some talks on South American music. It will seem strange after all these months in Hollywood. I talked with Nadia on the phone twice and will try to get up to Santa Barbara to spend a day with her.
Give my best to all the friends -- especially Alexei -
[in ink] Always yours