Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Aaron Copland to Marcelle de Manziarly, December 27, 1946.
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Dec 27, 1946
This was meant to be a Happy New Year letter - in answer to your very nice one of some weeks back. I hope it reaches you in time for the holiday season.
All goes well 'de ce coté.' I have become disgustingly lazy since finishing my Symphony in October. (I've been living in style on the East River near 58th St. - temporarily.) I've heard the Symph performed 6 times in public by Kouss & the B.S.O. and I think I like it! But it would be nice to have your reaction to the whole thing.
It's the Christmas season - so Milhaud and Stravinsky are both here, as per usual. I saw your ex-pupil Pat at a party and we enthused about you together. We've been hearing some French music via Rosenthal and Baudrier - amazing to realize that there is no trace of a neo-classic-Stravinsky influence in any of it. The Bergers are well - I suppose you heard that Arthur is now on the Tribune with Virgil - David speaks of going to Paris in April if he can find some money. Lenny you will probably see in the Spring - because he is to conduct in Palestine in April. Modern Music is about to collapse for lack of funds - sad, isn't it.
Winifred Johnstone quoted you in a letter to me as saying that N.B. should be persuaded to come to the U.S. for the summer - in a summer school - . I'll mention it to Kouss - in relation to Tanglewood - but I'm not sure that it is possible because of financial reasons and commitments already made. Personally I'd be delighted if it can be arranged. Give Nadia my best. -
What have you been composing?
We all miss you and hope you'll come back soon -
P.S. Leduc publishes a 2 volume work of Messiaen called Technique de mon langage musicale. Do you think you could arrange to have it sent to me care Boosey & Hawkes, 668 Fifth Av. N.Y.C. - Let me know how much it is and I will send a money order.