Chapter 3, 26 January 1944


Chapter 3, 26 January 1944


Igor Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger


26 January 1944


Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Stravinsky
Featherhill Ranch
Santa Barbara, California
Mr. I. Strawinsky
1260 Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46
January 26, 1944
Only a small hello, so happy that you are finally coming back. We [tried] in vain not to show it,
[but] to feel you so close changes everything.
If you realize what you have given to so many people, you ought to return [a happy man]. The
letters [we’ve] received and the news from the orchestra do [us] good. [There is] an enthusiasm
that [makes] those keenly [want] to thank you but dare not. [It has been] an event in Bostonian
life. This must seem typical, obvious, but . . . and we are so happy to see that despite everything,
you are good for them, for many, as you are in life.
We feel better since your visit—and we once again want to fight on.
Give Vera a kiss, may she give you a kiss for me, too, and may you both know the deep
tenderness I feel toward you,
Nadia B.
[P.S.] Still no news from Chicago, nor from Madison except a telegram overflowing with joy.
Boulanger à Stravinsky
Featherhill Ranch
Santa Barbara, California
Monsier I. Strawinsky
1260 Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46
26 janvier 1944
Seulement un petit bonjour, si heureuse que vous reveniez enfin. On a beau ne pas se voir vous
sentir si près change tout.
Vous devez rentrer heureux, si vous avez mesuré ce que vous avez donné à tant de gens—les
lettres reçues, les nouvelles de l’orchestre font du bien—un enthousiasme qui laisse ceux qui
l’expriment désireux de vous remercier, et ne l’osant pas, un événement dans la vie de Boston.
Cela devrait sembler naturel, évident, mais…et on se réjouit de voir que malgré tout, vous êtes
bien pour eux, pour beaucoup, tel que vous êtes en réalité.
On se sent mieux dès vous—et on se reprend à vouloir lutter.
Embrassez Vera, qu’elle vous embrasse, et que tous deux, vous sachiez avec quelle profonde
tendresse je suis avec vous.
Nadia B.
[P.-S.] Pas encore de nouvelles de Chicago, ni de Madison excepté une dépêche pleine de joie.



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