Chapter 3, 16 March 1942


Chapter 3, 16 March 1942


Igor Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger


16 March 1942


Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Stravinsky
Gerry’s Landing
Mr. Igor Strawinsky
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood, California
March 16, 1942
Dear Friend,
We will never convince one another, so . . . let’s agree to disagree! It has to be said that it is a
singular story that in the end appeared very simple to me, when everything was unanswered. So,
there’s really nothing to understand.
Be that as it may, to save time I will take the steps that seem the most favorable to me and will
get the publication of the lectures started. Therein lies the question. Elimination of the
summaries, corrections, proofs, they are all problems too minor to continue occupying your time.
No doubt they will draw up a second set of proofs, but I won’t send them to you, either. Is there a
way to have a score of your new work?
Excuse these horrible scribbles, but I wrote all night and can no longer feel my hand, can no
longer see.
This is almost better [though]—because when one isn’t overwhelmed one is yet more anxious.
How can I fight against this old, frustrating heart!
Kiss Vera for me, and have her give you one, too,
[P.S.] Would you be an angel and send me a small thank you note for my student Mme Raphaël
Salem who has reviewed all the proofs and annotated them. It’s quite the project.
Boulanger à Stravinsky
Gerry’s Landing
Monsieur Igor Strawinsky
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood, California
16 mars 1942
Cher Ami,
Jamais nous ne nous convaincrons mutuellement donc…restons sur nos positions ! Il faut dire
que c’est une singulière histoire, qui avait fini par me paraître très simple, quand tout restait sans
réponse. Ainsi, c’est vraiment à n’y rien comprendre.
Quoiqu’il en soit, pour gagner du temps, je prends donc les dispositions qui me paraissent les
plus favorables et faire activer la parution des lectures. Là est toute la question. Suppression des
résumés, corrections, épreuves, problèmes trop peu importants pour vous prendre encore du
Sans doute feront-ils tirer une 2de
épreuve, mais je ne vous l’enverrai pas non plus. Y a-t-il
moyen [sic] d’avoir une partition de votre nouvelle œuvre ?
Pardon de cet affreux gribouillis, mais j’ai écrit toute la nuit, et ne sens plus ma main, ne vois
plus rien.
Cela vaut presque mieux—car quand on n’est pas abruti, on est encore plus anxieux. Quelle
résistance à ce diable de cœur !
Embrassez Vera et qu’elle vous embrasse pour moi
[P.-S.] Si vous étiez un ange vous m’enverriez un petit mot de remerciement pour mon élève
Mme Raphaël Salem qui a revu toutes les épreuves et a tout [sic] annoté [sic]—c’est un vrai



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