Chapter 2, 3 January 1939


Chapter 2, 3 January 1939


Igor Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger


3 January 1939


Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Stravinsky
January 3, 1939
Dear friend,
Copley has just left. I cannot tell you how moving his attitude is. Not only does he understand
but he tells me that everyone here shares in your pain with a deep affection.
At his office, the orchestra, the staff, the musicians, the managers; everyone understood—and we
are truly looking forward to your coming next year because we need you, Igor Strawinsky.
Because then we will know—your presence will prove that your worries have passed and that
your wife is better.
I knew it would be so, [but] I didn’t think to such an extent—all the better for them! Arrived
yesterday morning and am struggling amidst so many things [to do]. How foolish this is
becoming—but my heart remains there, and you know what a large place [you hold in it]!
Fond wishes to you and your mother, Catherine, and I am, Dear Friend, your
[P.S.] Sorry for the haste, but the Aquitania leaves tomorrow morning.
Boulanger à Stravinsky
3 janvier 1939
Cher ami,
Copley sort d’ici. Je ne peux vous dire combien son attitude est touchante. Non seulement il
compris [sic] mais il me dit que chacun ici prend part à votre peine, dans un profond sentiment
A son bureau, l’orchestra, les petits employés, les musiciens, les managers, tout le monde a
compris—et l’on attend doublement votre venue l’an prochain, parce que l’on a besoin de vous,
Igor Strawinsky—parce que l’on sait qu’alors [sic], votre présence prouvera que vos inquiétudes
sont passées que votre femme va mieux.
Je savais que ce serait ainsi, je ne croyais pas à ce degré là [sic], tant mieux pour eux !
Arrivée hier matin je me débats au milieu de tant de choses. Que c’est à devenir fou—mais mon
cœur est resté là-bas, et vous savez quelle grande place !
Je vous embrasse, j’embrasse votre Maman, Catherine et je suis, Cher Ami, votre,
[P.-S.] Pardon de cette hâte, mais l’Aquitania part demain matin.



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