Scope and arrangement
This collection offers a partial view of Chávez's career as the leading musical figure in Mexico -- as conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Mexico and as a composer. The correspondence contains letters from Béla Bartók, Leonard Bernstein, Nadia Boulanger, Aaron Copland, Rudolf Firkusny, Darius Milhaud, Igor Stravinsky and Edgard Varèse. The many letters from Copland are particularly fascinating as they reveal a friendship based on mutual respect and concern for each others' lives. Nearly all scores are inscribed by their composers, and in several cases (particularly those by Varèse) Chávez's conductor-markings are entered in red pencil. Holograph scores by Orbón, Revueltas, and Ponce are included.
Most of Chávez's holograph musical scores and sketches are located in the Music Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. They are cataloged individually in CATNYP, the library's online catalog (http://catnyp.nypl.org).
The Correspondence and scores belonging to Carlos Chavez is arranged in two series: