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[Serge Koussevitzky, half-length portrait, facing front]

[Serge Koussevitzky, half-length portrait, facing front]

Bain News Service photo. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)

Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, undated.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, November 14, 1930.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, December 17, 1936.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, April 25, 1937.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, March 4, 1938.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, October 18, 1939.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, December 23, 1939
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, December 16, 1940.
Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 31, 1940

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 31, 1940

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

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, September 5, 1940

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, September 5, 1940

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

Mrs. Edward Bok to Serge Koussevitzky, September 25, 1941

Mrs. Edward Bok to Serge Koussevitzky, September 25, 1941

excerpt: " see if something can be done "

Serge Koussevitzky to Mrs. Edward Bok, September 21, 1941

Serge Koussevitzky to Mrs. Edward Bok, September 21, 1941

excerpt: " he is very anxious to be of service to his country, and suggests the U.S.O ."

Serge Koussevitzky to Horace Johnson, November 9, 1941

Serge Koussevitzky to Horace Johnson, November 9, 1941

excerpt: "May I recommend Leonard Bernstein"

Aubrey Williams to Serge Koussevitzky, August 26, 1941

Aubrey Williams to Serge Koussevitzky, August 26, 1941

excerpt: "I am calling his merit to the attention of those states where we maintain symphony orchestras"

Serge Koussevitzky to whom it may concern, 1942

Serge Koussevitzky to whom it may concern, 1942

excerpt: "I can recommend Leonard Bernstein for a position as conductor"

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, August 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, August 1943

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

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, 1943

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

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, March 4, 1944

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, March 4, 1944

excerpt: "It has been more than a joy for me to have you conduct your Symphony with my orchestra..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, November 9, 1944.
Gail Kelvin to Serge Koussevitzky, October 25, 1944

Gail Kelvin to Serge Koussevitzky, October 25, 1944

excerpt: "I have just spoken with your Secretary concerning this extremely unfortunate mistake I am writing to ask you please to reconsider."

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, December 4, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, December 4, 1944

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

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 8, 1944

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 8, 1944

excerpt: "Cannot possibly come to performance Thursday 14th...but would gladly attend opening night Wednesday..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 7, 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 7, 1945

excerpt: "A most wonderful perform [sic] and a very moving speech..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 1945

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 1945

excerpt: "To Lenushka from S.K." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 1945

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 1945

excerpt: "Just a word from Mexico..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, June 6, 1945

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, June 6, 1945

excerpt: "Accept with pleasure to serve as honorary chairman Gershwin memorial" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 8, 1945

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 8, 1945

excerpt: "My heartiest wishes are with you tonight" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 29, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 29, 1946

excerpt: "Cheers and blessings for reopening of Tanglewood..." From: Correspondence Series

Sam Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, May 19, 1946

Sam Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, May 19, 1946

excerpt: "Bernstein conducted magnificently "

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 31, 1946

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, December 31, 1946

excerpt: "Glad to receive your letter my heart wishes go to you for success and happiness..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 17, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, June 17, 1946

excerpt: "First concert fine success despite bad program..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 17, 1946

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, October 17, 1946

excerpt: "Have talked to Judd agreed to leave matter to your judgment" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 2, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 2, 1947

excerpt: "...the most exciting news of all that I have become engaged to a wonderful girl from South America named Felica Montealegre." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 6, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 6, 1947

excerpt: "I thought you would be pleased with the enclosed review from the Cincinnati Times-Star." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 10, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 10, 1947

excerpt: "Best wishes for this and many more happy seasons..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 11, 1947

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 11, 1947

excerpt: "I have arranged to come to Boston this coming Saturday evening in time for your concert..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, March 29, 1948.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, March 8, 1948.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, March 4, 1948.
Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, February 1, 1949

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, February 1, 1949

excerpt: "...cannot agree your giving up Tanglewood..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 3, 1950

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 3, 1950

excerpt: "Heartbroken but am already committed to entire years schedule on basis of my earlier decision." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Fiorello LaGuardia, November 10, 1941

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Fiorello LaGuardia, November 10, 194...

excerpt: "Just learned of vacancy in New York City Symphony for assistant conductor...may I suggest the name of my pupil, Leonard Bernstein...I have great faith in his brilliant future..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, December 8, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, December 8, 1944

excerpt: "Most happy to have you come opening night..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, n.d.

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, n.d.

excerpt: "Paris is wonderful Mme Paichadze more so..." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Walter Hoving, n.d.

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Walter Hoving, n.d.

excerpt: "Because of the far-reaching scope of his talent, his fine musicianship, and excellent qualities as a pianist and composer, his ability to lead and work with others...I feel he would be of real service... more

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, February 22, 1944

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, February 22, 1944

excerpt: "Please express to the members of the [Boston Symphony] my endless gratitude for their complete cooperation." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, October 5, 1936.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, January 27, 1945.
Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, September 27, 1947.

Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, September 27, 1947.

[Instituto Brasil -- Estados Unidos (Rio de Janeiro) stationery]

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 5, 1950

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, January 5, 1950

excerpt: "Regret extremely you did not" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, November 14, 1943

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, November 14, 1943

excerpt: "Listening now wonderful" From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, May 24, 1948

Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, May 24, 1948

[River Road/Palisades, New York stationery]

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, 1949

Letter from Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, 1949

excerpt: "...impossible grant you leave of absence from Tanglewood this summer...I insist upon your presence..." From: Correspondence Series

Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, with Bernstein's response, November 09, 1948

Serge Koussevitzky to Leonard Bernstein, with Bernstein's response, No...

excerpt: "...authorize you select outstanding student conductor "

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, 1946

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, 1946

excerpt: "I shall not come to Boston with the City Symphony, unless there is a desperate emergency about finding a substitute." From: Correspondence Series

Bernstein conducts Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat at an informal Tanglewood tea party. Serge Koussevitzky - conductor and Bernstein mentor - and his wife Natalie look down from the balcony. The inscription to Helen Coates refers humorously to L'histoire d'un éléve - the tale of the student. 1940. (Music Division)
Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 1943

Letter from Leonard Bernstein to Serge Koussevitzky, October 1943

excerpt: "The concert's, I hear, are the gods' own music. I wish I could be there to hear them." From: Correspondence Series

Letter from Aaron Copland to Serge Koussevitzky, October 4, 1930

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