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Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1938

excerpt: "Alex North says your much too good for so menial a job as is open at Bennington." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1938

excerpt: "...be sure to learn a lot about counterpoint first. No one can beat Piston at that...I saw M. Blitzstein...so why not write him directly and say you're the pianist I mentioned..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 1938

excerpt: "...I met at least one new and talented composer in London, Benjamin Britten...working at top speed on a new cowboy ballet for the Ballet Caravan outfit." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 1938

excerpt: "I'll try to reach Blitzstein before I call you to get the dope from him. But what makes you think he controls the fee?" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 21, 1938

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 21, 1938

excerpt: "I wish you'd come down to Princeton on Friday the 27th. Walter P__ and I are having a program at 4...and Roy Harris is being performer that night." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1939

excerpt: "Will you listen in to the broadcasts and tell me what's wrong with them?/Benjamin Britten arrives to-night!" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1939

excerpt: "...you arouse a long dead messianic complex in me. Do you mind being saved?...I see the beginning and end of the first movement but not the middle." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 18, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 18, 1939

excerpt: "I'm tickled that they are taking such good care of you at Curtis." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 15, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 15, 1939

excerpt: "I'm being swallowed up by the Great American Continent." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 19, 1940

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 19, 1940

excerpt: "...what have you decided to do about the winter?" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, January 1940

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, January 1940

excerpt: "Watch out for Mice & Men in Philadelphia. You're probably the only one alive who will hear the background music I wrote. 40 minutes of it." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, July 1, 1940

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, July 1, 1940

excerpt: "Copland tells me that Kouss. is expecting one of his students to conduct Randall Thompson's Symphony no.2 the very first week, and that he has mentioned my name as the first possibility." From: Corres... more

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1940

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1940

excerpt: "...I am writing a Piano Sonata..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1940

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1940

excerpt: "I plan to see Koussie before I go and will talk to him about you." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 1941

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 1941

excerpt: "You would like the Britten--you old romanticist you. But I agree. It's definitely got something--and the second movement orchestration is phenomenal...I tried to get you a job playing the piano part... more

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 25, 1941

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 25, 1941

excerpt: "Finished the Sonata! Played the world premiere in B.A. Slonimsky was there. Musicians said nice things." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1941

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1941

excerpt: "Heinshimer says Koss is doing Quiet City this week...If true, please tell him that there is a terrible mistake in the printed score at No. 7..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Andre (?), September 3, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Andre (?), September 3, 1942

excerpt: "In twenty years I have not met a young musician with more natural ability and real flair. His fort, as you know is conducting. I have heard Koussevitzky repeatedly say the most enthusiastic things o... more

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

excerpt: "We [Camargo Guanieri and I] are playing a Birthday Piece (on Cuban Themes) at Town Hall together on Dec. 9th. It's not written yet, but then..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

excerpt: "I'm writing a ballet -- very frothy one -- for the Monte Carlo people." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 1, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 1, 1942

excerpt: "Considering one day vacation with you starting tomorrow..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

excerpt: "Hurrah for you!" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, February 17, 1943

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, February 17, 1943

excerpt: "A thousand thanks for everything and best of luck" From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 11, 1943"

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 11, 1943"

excerpt: "I'm beginning to lose contact with your every thought. I have a sense of you having had a great triumph out of the Bowles opus, followed by a kind of let-down which is natural enough "

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 4, 1943

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 4, 1943

excerpt: "Marvelous news just finishing my last ten thousand notes will be coming home end of this month..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 14, 1943

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 14, 1943

excerpt: "It's all too wonderful!...I keep wondering what you will think of the score for North Star...I even had my first chance at a bang-up battle sequence....Of course I was jealous when I read Piston and T... more

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, February 13, 1943"

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, February 13, 1943"

excerpt: "The blow has fallen, they are not letting me go back to NY for the concert I got myself into this jam so I might as well take it like a man I've suggested that you play the Sonata instead of me."

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 20, 1944"

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 20, 1944"

excerpt: "I think I solved the Our Town problem. It repeats the waltz as you like, and removes entirely the ""ties that bind"" section I'll never forget that face of yours in Reubens."

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 18, 1944

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 18, 1944

excerpt: "Having wonderful time. We are wind & sunburned & almost there." From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 9, 1944"

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, October 9, 1944"

excerpt: "Martha Graham is supposedly doing a ballet of mine that week-end! No one has seen any public announcement of the event I go by on faith."

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, January 28, 1944

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, January 28, 1944

excerpt: "Confidentially awaiting wonderful report regarding Jerry's doing Mimo vitally concerned"

Letter from Aaron Copland to Morris Hastings & Elie Siegmister, April 11, 1945

Letter from Aaron Copland to Morris Hastings & Elie Siegmister, April ...

excerpt: "At the last meeting of the Music Committee of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship...it was decided to form a Concert Music Section." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 8, 1949

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 8, 1949

excerpt: "Hope it sounds grand and goes good" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 23, 1958

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 23, 1958

excerpt: "What you're doing looks terrif [sic] on paper and ought to make musical history in America...Bornoff lamented the fact that there is no American orchestral music represented anywhere during the month-... more

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 22, 1960

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 22, 1960

excerpt: "All agog about the Hurricane..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Sam & Jennie Bernstein, November 27, 1960

Letter from Aaron Copland to Sam & Jennie Bernstein, November 27, 1960

excerpt: "What a pleasure to receive your birthday wire! Bless you both..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 11, 1944

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 11, 1944

excerpt: "The whole get up almost collapsed because it appeared for awhile that there was no renting a piano in all Mexico." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "Heard Roy's new piece last night with Marc B. Four thumbs down." From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 17, 1955"

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 17, 1955"

excerpt: "Aren't you both smart! Take a big double bow. Hope Felicia and the Knabe are doing fine How is the old girl? (Tanglewood). Has anyone noticed anything missing?"

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 5, 1978

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 5, 1978

excerpt: "I'm not going to be present at the `Remembrance' for Felicia...but my thoughts will be with you..." From: Correspondence Series

Young People's Concerts Scripts: The Second Hurricane [typescript; "Music Cues"]

Young People's Concerts Scripts: The Second Hurricane [typescript; "Mu...

From: Young People's Concerts Television Scripts Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 20, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, September 20, 1939

excerpt: "I'm off to Saratoga Springs to see Koussie." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d

excerpt: "...terribly sorry not to have heard the `Songfest' as planned." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "I'm coming...for the premiere of Our Town!" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, December 4, 1979

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, December 4, 1979

excerpt: "How to thank you for that splendiferous talk at the Kennedy Center Sunday night." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, December 23, 1965

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, December 23, 1965

excerpt: "The [National Institute of Arts and Letters] would like to do something to commemorate Varese." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 2, 1967

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 2, 1967

excerpt: "Just finished the new piece for the 125th...I'm calling it 'Inscape'...I can't wait to hear you do it..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 26, 1968

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 26, 1968

excerpt: "American music would have a different 'face' without you." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 1969

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 1969

excerpt: "Feeling miserable having to miss tonights grand finale What a wonderful decade you've given all of us..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "Have a wooping birthday miss our annual ja boree [sic]" From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, November 6"

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, November 6"

excerpt: "Your latest burned the ends of my fingers. The next one will probably burn up en route. All I can say is that you've made rapid progress I vaguely remember the Mr. Nelson you mentioned."

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d."

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d."

excerpt: "We sent pictures yesterday. Theres one here of you alone that I like and will bring along. Very soulful looking. The other one has your mug looking like putty I'll give that one to Jean."

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "I've been approached from Hollywood. Actually! To do the music for 'Of Mice and Men.' I've asked a fat price, which they are unlikely to accept." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "Now that Rodeo and Free Fancy are hopelessly married, I'd better watch out that people don't say my new one shows Bernstein influences!" From: Correspondence Series

Young People's Concerts Scripts: The Latin American Spirit [typescript; "Music Cues"]

Young People's Concerts Scripts: The Latin American Spirit [typescript...

From: Young People's Concerts Television Scripts Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "If the barn-studio turns out well, I will be able to have soirees!...Erno Bologh thinks he wants to play tour arrangement of El Salon at his Town Hall Recital on Oct. 15." From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d."

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d."

excerpt: "This will be a very sober letter to contrast with the wild post cards you send You sound so newyorky--no sleep, mauled lives, psychiatrists, etc don't expect miracles and don't get depressed if noth... more

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d

excerpt: "I fell over when Stephen Spender showed me his book -- since I knew from nothing. And you were sweet to send me my own copy." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d

excerpt: "If the clean copy of the Salon is done we'll take it around to [Boosey &] Hawkes." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 24, 1975

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 24, 1975

excerpt: "...thanks for the splendiferous present of your Norton Spiel." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 24, 1988

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 24, 1988

excerpt: "Happy birthday old boy." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, December 18, 1941

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, December 18, 1941

excerpt: "Congrats on the NEW STUDIO." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 1942

excerpt: "...I ought to go home and finish the Lincoln Portrait for which A.K. is clamoring." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1942

excerpt: "...what's going to happen to the poor Hurricane during all those days of absenteeism?" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 1, 1939

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 1, 1939

excerpt: "Why don't I try to get Harris to pull one red wire and see if you can't register late...Tell [Reiner] you are dying to study conducting with him at Curtis, and that I encouraged you to ask him how to ... more

Young People's Concerts Scripts: Jazz in the Concert Hall mimeo on blue paper; "Rehearsal Schedule"

Young People's Concerts Scripts: Jazz in the Concert Hall mimeo on blu...

From: Young People's Concerts Television Scripts Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 1, 1975

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 1, 1975

excerpt: "I've just read your piece for the fourth time! I'm delighted - moved - touched - overwhelmed--" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "I still haven't gotten to the Berkshires." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "I'm 2 weeks gone on the picture...IT makes an original impression...But my God! 40 minutes of slow music is all there is." From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, February 2"

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, February 2"

excerpt: "I feel a little bit flabbergastrated at my handywork I feel me a little book like the magician who has lost control of his creation."

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, March 26, 1955

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Helen Coates, March 26, 1955

excerpt: "Opening program prefer Schumin [sic] overture Serenale [sic] with Stern Foss Song of Songs with Tourel Copland Lincoln Portrait with big name Hollywood actor..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "Sorry changed my mind your wire not received letter follows" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "Chavez played the Sinfonia Corta and I was impressed." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 9, 1947

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, April 9, 1947

excerpt: "...good luck with symphony...Marc's situation hopeless...love to Nadia." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1940

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 1940

excerpt: "Marc Blitzstein reports it was `easily the best thing on the program'." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "Town Hall unexpectedly sent me a $50. check for my services and I thought you should have half." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "...I've been spending most of my mornings fussing with your arrangement. Here is a list of my grievances:..." From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d."

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d."

excerpt: "Hope you're fixed up by now Forget about the Army - and self-consciousness on the subject. You're asthmatic - and that's that."

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 26, 1944

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 26, 1944

excerpt: "...my mother died suddenly, and I didn't get the news in time to attend the funeral...I wish I knew what version of Our Town you did at the Stadium..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "...find out what you've done, if anything, about living quarters for the six weeks." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d

excerpt: "No word from Koussie, so I strongly suspect it's all off--" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d.

excerpt: "How's about a jaunt in Larchmont, N.Y," From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, November 29, 1970

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, November 29, 1970

excerpt: "This gives me the chance to give you a big hug for the part you took in the party festivities." From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d."

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, n.d."

excerpt: "Of course you're crazy! I'm sorry if you felt a 'strained feeling' that Saturday As a peace offering, I'm sending you a copy of the 'Second Hurricane' which is just out."" "

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 25, 1975

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, July 25, 1975

excerpt: "thinking of you with love and affection as ever" From: Correspondence Series

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 26, 1942"

"Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, May 26, 1942"

excerpt: "I'm still talking about you and the Hurricane. Kouss was here--and we spent all Sunday afternoon together raving about one Leonard."

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 25, 1944

Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, August 25, 1944

excerpt: "'Oh, isn't [Bernstein] the boy who can never say no? I hear he's gone into musical comedy...' That floored me...." From: Correspondence Series

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