excerpt: "Am here Bay of Naples, en route to Monte Carlo & Spain, I think of you, S & V, being Jewish your Arabic [maid?]. I hope all continues to be as joyful as before."
excerpt: "Added to your pride in me: I am almost positive that I am to do my concerto with Sevitzky's Young musicians' orchestra. From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "I cannot tell you often enough how great a debt I owe to you for the fine foundation and musical (and extra-musical) inspiration you gave me..." 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: "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: "...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: "...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: "If you want my advice, pay a great deal of attention to every remark made by Mr. Reiner. He is, as you know, a master technician and holds the best European traditions of musical art." From: Correspo... more
excerpt: "Nothing could have made me happier than to know that your work this summer has really given you beauty and strength and a better understanding of the gifts with which nature has endowed you." From: Co... more
excerpt: "Let me add my small voice of sorrow to the multitude of messages that must be pouring in from around the world I met Lenny in the fall of 1940 when I started dating Irving Irving turned to me and said... more
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: "Leonard Bernstein announces the opening of his studio for the teaching of piano and musical analysis..." From: Correspondence Series
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: "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: "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: "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: "Marvelous news just finishing my last ten thousand notes will be coming home end of this month..." From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "I did omit to get the Post (which criticized my wit, favorably, but made no mention of the performance)." From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "Thursday night I was deferred for all time from the army...[the doctor] assured me, 'nothing can interfere with your career.'" From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "This publicity business is really getting fantastic. Every N.Y. paper had it on Thurs.,...I've just taken a fine apartment in Carnegie Hall." From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "Don't you think it might be a wonderful idea to have Jenny Tourel to sing the Soprano Solo in my Symphony?" 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: "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: "The performance [of `Fancy Free'] was awful -- no rehearsal time to speak of -- but everyone liked it." From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "I think we should call a halt on the AYO affair, by saying that my dates have been filled. Don't give Schatz the reasons you gave me -- just say I'm busy." From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "...what a great honor and joy it was to conduct your magnificent orchestra...I would like to invite you...to be my guests at a performance of 'On the Town'..." From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "Cannot possibly come to performance Thursday 14th...but would gladly attend opening night Wednesday..." From: Correspondence Series
excerpt: "...I have a concert in the [Hollywood] Bowl Aug. 26? Rodzinsky cancelled a date (God again); and Oscar Levant is soloist." From: Correspondence Series