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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
excerpt: "Finished the Sonata! Played the world premiere in B.A. Slonimsky was there. Musicians said nice things." From: Correspondence Series
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
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
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
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 "
excerpt: "Marvelous news just finishing my last ten thousand notes will be coming home end of this month..." From: Correspondence Series
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
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."
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."
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."
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
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
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
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?"
excerpt: "I'm not going to be present at the `Remembrance' for Felicia...but my thoughts will be with you..." From: Correspondence Series
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
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."
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."" "
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