Chapter 3, 3 January 1946


Chapter 3, 3 January 1946


Igor & Vera Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger


3 January 1946


Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Igor and Vera Stravinsky
122 Bay State Road
Boston, Mass.
Tel. Kenmore 7277
Mr. Igor Strawinsky
1260 Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46
January 3, 1946
Dear Igor, Dear Vera,
These last few hours I have been so sad to leave you that after having asked for your number, I
hung up, not having the courage to hear your voices.
But I will soon kiss the cheeks of Jean, Sviétik, Françoise, maybe Milène. Who knows, [perhaps]
I will return sooner than I think. Finally, may God keep you, my dearest ones. I love you, and
when I consider just how much, the thought of this long-awaited return costs me very dearly.
And to miss the Symphony!
Know all that these last-minute lines bring to you, and speak of me often. I need to feel you close
by my side.
Nadia B.
[P.S.] I will speak to Sviétik and Françoise about the baptism. Again, all my love, Dear Igor,
Dear Vèra!
Boulanger à Igor et Vera Stravinksy
122 Bay State Road
Boston, Mass.
Tel. Kenmore 7277
Monsieur Igor Strawinsky
1260 Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46
3 janvier 1946
Cher Igor, Chère Vera,
Les toutes dernières heures suis si triste de vous quitter qu’après avoir demandé votre numéro,
j’ai annulé, pas le courage d’entendre votre voix.
Mais embrasserai bientôt Jean, Sviétik, Françoise, peut-être Milène. Qui sait, reviendrai plus tôt
que je ne pense. Enfin, que Dieu vous garde, mes très chers. Je vous aime, il me semble
seulement mesurer combien et ce retour tant attendu, me coûte bien cher.
Et manquer la symphonie!
Sentez tout ce que ces lignes de la dernière minute vous portent, et parlez souvent de moi, j’ai
besoin de vous sentir à mes côtés.
Nadia B.
[P.-S.] Dirai à Sviétik et Françoise à propos du baptême. Encore ma tendresse, Cher Igor, Chère
Vèra !



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