Aaron Copland in Los Angeles - April, 1943

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

Spent an evening with G. Antheil who played me his 2nd, 3rd and 4th Symphonies. They’re hard to describe. He’s in a Mahler-Shostakovich period, and everything comes out of there in great unwashed gobs of sound that billow about you until it’s all over and you’re not sure what you heard. Some of it is very effective, and it all has a typical Antheil drive, but somehow when it’s all over, one doesn’t give a damn. That’s the sort of thing that’s hard to tell a composer.
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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/1388235301166 accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Los Angeles


Aaron Copland

Listening to

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Symphonies nos 2,3 and 4
written by George Antheil
performed by George Antheil

Experience Information

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

Originally submitted by Ivan Hewett on Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:55:01 +0000