Chapter 3, 7 November 1945


Chapter 3, 7 November 1945


Igor Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger


7 November 1945


Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Vera Stravinsky
122 Bay State Road
Boston, MA
November 7, 1945
What a great letter. What a delightful announcement. Were I only there!
We must pay a sacrifice for certain joys. Dear Vera! I could not find a way to delay my
departure, but I am also sad.
And to not see you again is a heavy sorrow. I will try to have Sezna do the musical phrase for
Igor—I am exhausted. Have lessons from morning till night, all the rehearsals, parts to correct,
things to buy for France, etc., etc., etc.
This is all to say that I pray to God not to collapse. It is very difficult, but that’s all right.
I embrace you both with
the tenderness you know.
I am happy that I will soon see
little Jean!
This birth and all it represents is marvelous!
Boulanger à Vera Stravinsky
122 Bay State Road
Boston, MA
7 novembre 1945
Quelle bonne lettre. Quelle charmante annonce. Que ne suis-je là!
Que de sacrifices coûtent certains bonheurs. Chère Vera! Je ne saurais remettre mon départ, mais
je suis triste aussi.
Et ne pas vous revoir est un lourd chagrin. Je tâcherai de faire faire la phrase pour Igor par
Seznec—je suis à bout de forces. Ai des journées de leçons du matin au soir, toutes les
répétitions, le matériel à corriger, les affaires à acheter pour la France, etc. etc. etc. C'est-à-dire
que je demande vraiment à Dieu de ne pas tomber. C’est très dur, Mais bien.
Je vous embrasse tous deux avec
La tendresse que vous savez.
Que je suis heureuse de voir
Bientôt le petit Jean!
C’est ébloussant [sic] cette naissance qui implique tant de choses !
A vous



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