Chapter 3, 18 May 1943


Chapter 3, 18 May 1943


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


18 May 1943


Bibliothque Nationale De Paris



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood, California
May 18, 1943
My very dear Nadia,
In the next few days you’ll receive the photostats (negatives and positives) of the orchestral parts
for Oedipe and Apollo, as agreed, from the Economy Blue Print Co. They’ll send you this music
C.O.D.—in other words, paid on delivery. Despite the exceptionally low price (25¢ per page of
Oedipe and 16¢ for Apollo*) the total sum is considerable given that all [the pages] appear twice
(positive and negative). Let’s hope this enormous expense doesn’t turn you away from my music
for a while. Word of honor—I had nothing to do with it, it was you who wanted this.
A hot wind is blowing from the desert—after forty days in New York with its spring showers,
this makes one meditate on the imperfections of human physiology, and it is difficult to get back
to work.
How happy I was to see you again and to know you were in the room when I was conducting
Apollo. I'm in the process of rehearsing the Dumbarton Oaks Concerto for the First
Congregational Church of Los Angeles’ Modern Music concert. Today we are missing the two
horns and a contrabass, tomorrow probably others and the concert is May 22—how nice!
Merritt wrote me a very kind letter regarding my concert at the Fogg Museum. Have you had any
Love and kisses,
I Stravinsky
Stravinsky à Boulanger
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood, California
le 18 mai 1943
Tres chere Nadia,
Vous recevrez ces jours-ci les photostates (negatives & positives) des partitions d’orchestre
d’Œdipe et Apollon, comme convenu, de la Economy Blue Print Co. Ils vous enverront cette
musique C.O.D.—autrement dit, contre remboursement. Malgre le prix exceptionellement bas
(25¢ la page d’ŒDIPE et 16¢ celle d’Apollon*) la somme totale est impressionante vu que le
tout est en double (positive et negative). Pourvu que cette enorme depense ne vous detourne pas
pour longtemps de ma musique; parole d’honneur—je n’y suis pour rien, c’est vous que l’avez
Il souffle un vent chaud du desert—après 40 jours de New York avec ses giboulees de printemps
cela fait mediter sur l’imperfection de la physiologie humaine et on a de la peine a se remettre au
Que j’étais heureux de vous revoir et de vous savoir dans la salle quand je dirigeais Apollon. Je
suis en train de répéter le Dumbarton Oaks Concerto pour le concert de la Modern Music de
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Aujourd’hui il nous manquaient les deux cors et
une contrebasse, demain probablement d’autres et le concert est le 22 mai—c’est joli!
Merritt m’a écrit une très gentille lettre au sujet de mon concert au Fogg Museum. Avez-vous eu
des echos?
Love and kisses,
I Stravinsky
*a peu pres



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