Chapter 3, 28 February 1944


Chapter 3, 28 February 1944


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


28 February 1944


Bibliothque Nationale De Paris



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
February 28, 1944
My dear Nadia,
As promised, I am sending you a package with four copies of my Sonata. One of these copies is
intended for you “with compliments of the author,” which is to say in French, “à l’œil” (for free).
As for the other three, which are not for you, nothing can be done—we have to pay for them and
the cost is $7.86. Here's a good opportunity to finally settle up my debt of $4.50 (I believe that's
it—for the copies of the lecture) that you have been stubbornly refusing. Yes, $7.86 minus $4.50
makes $3.36, a sum that you unquestioningly owe me.
To entertain you, [here is] a letter that’ll amuse you.
Love Kisses,
I Str.
Stravinsky à Boulanger
28 fevrier 1944
Chère Nadia,
Je vous envoie un paquet avec quatre exemplaires de ma Sonate comme promis. Un de ces
exemplaires vous est destiné « with compliments of the author » ce qui veut dire en bon français
à l’œil. Quant aux autres troi [sic], qui ne sont pas pour vous, il n’y a rien à faire—il faut les
payer et c’est $7.86. Voilà une bonne occasion de régler enfin ma debte [sic] de $4.50 (je crois
que c’est ça—pour les copies de la lecture) que vous vous obstiniez de [sic] refuser. Oui, $7.86
moins $4.50 fait $3.36, somme que vous me devez incontestablement.
Pour vous divertir, [voilà] une lettre qui va vous amuser.
Love Kisses
I Str.



Igor Stravinsky, “Chapter 3, 28 February 1944,” Digital Exhibits, accessed May 27, 2024,

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