Aaron Copland in Los Angeles - 10 April, 1943

from Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 11 April 1943, page 122:

After your description of Koussie’s Lincoln [Portrait] I heard it on the air yesterday at Ira Gershwin’s house, surrounded by Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Yip Harburg, Earl Robinson, Arthur Kober and other noted worthies. (Get the company I’m in!) Of course I didn’t approve of Geer’s way of doing it, but more than that, why did Kouss take the middle part so fast? It made it seem superficial. It lacked charm and bite done that way. What we need is Amurkian conductors. In the meantime, however, I’ll take Kouss.
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Aaron Copland, Letter from Aaron Copland to Leonard Bernstein, 11 April 1943. In Nigel Simeone (ed.), The Leonard Bernstein Letters (City of New Haven, 2013), p. 122. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1388234741817 accessed: 29 February, 2024

location of experience: Los Angeles


Aaron Copland

Listening to

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Lincoln Portrait
written by Aaron Copland
performed by Serge Koussevitzky

Experience Information

Date/Time 10 April, 1943
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


'Kouss' is Serge Koussevitzky, conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924-1949

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:45:41 +0000