Chapter 4, 19 April 1947


Chapter 4, 19 April 1947


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


19 April 1947


Bibliothèque Nationale De Paris



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
Miss Nadia Boulanger
36 rue Ballu, 9th
Paris, France
April 19, 1947
Carissima Nadia,
Instead of Paris, here we are embarking for Washington, where Mrs. Bliss is waiting for me for
my Dumbarton Oaks Concerto that I will conduct in Dumbarton Oaks itself. It's been nine years
since you yourself conducted the premiere. Your shadow (or rather your light) will be evoked
with dignity. We are passing through NY where I am rehearsing with the musicians. The concert
at Dumbarton O. is April 25 and the next day the same program in public. The program:
Vivaldi D Minor Concerto
Mozart Divertimento in D Major (no. 11) with oboe and two horns
Stravinsky D.O. Concerto
Falla Harpsichord Concerto
Stravinsky D.O. Concerto (second time)
The decision to postpone our trip to Europe was very beneficial for me even though I had to live
through some rather difficult times before regaining my equilibrium and continuing my work.
This work, as you probably know, is Orpheus. Balanchine is expecting it in the autumn. Its
premiere—probably the end of November. Two thirds (including orchestration) already done. I
have great hopes that you will like this music.
What a joy to finally have Milène here and also to see her so happy. All three of them shine with
Attached are two little pages that require your signature, without which it’s impossible to renew
the registration on your car. Vera, who's packing the suitcases right now and who sends you her
love, lent this car to a young man just back from the war who had not a cent to his name but who
has a wife and two children. You will make this young man happy in returning these two little
sheets filled in with your kind signature to us,* if possible by return post (and by air mail).
I will write to you after our return from Washington, i.e., after May 4, and in the meantime
please find here, carissima Nadia, my affectionate love and many, many kisses from,
Always yours,
I Str
[P.S.] Have you received my Ode, that has finally been published? This is not so that you thank
me, but to know if it reached you.
*Before a Witness (and their address). Don’t forget a legal signature complete with a “stamp.”
Stravinsky à Boulanger
Miss Nadia Boulanger
36 rue Ballu, 9ème
Paris, France
19 avril 1947
Carissima Nadia,
Nous voila au lieu de Paris, embarques pour Washington ou Mme Bliss m’attent [sic] pour mon
Dumbarton Oaks Concerto que je dirigerai a Dumbarton Oaks meme. Il y a 9 ans vous l’aviez
dirige vous en premiere. Votre ombre (plutôt votre lumière) sera evoquee dignement. Nous
passons par NY ou je repete avec les musiciens. Le 25 avril le concert a Dumbarton O. et le
lendemain le meme programme en public. Le programme :
Vivaldi Concerto en RE min
Mozart Divertimento en RE maj. (No. 11) avec Hautb. Et 2 Cors
Stravinsky D.O. Concerto
Falla Concerto p. Clavecin
Stravinsky D.O. Concerto (deuxieme fois)
La decision d’ajourner notre voyage en Europe fut tres salutaire pour moi bien que j’ai [sic] du
[sic] passer par des journees assez penibles avent de reprendre l’equilibre et de continuer mon
travail. Ce travail, comme vous le savez probablement, est Orphée. Balanchine l’attend pour
l’automne. Sa premiere—probablement fin novembre. Deux tiers (orchestration comprise) deja
faites. J’ai grand espoir que vous aimerez cette musique.
Quel bonheur d’avoir enfin Milene ici et aussi de la voir si heureuse. Tous les trois rayonnent de
Ci-joint deux petites feuilles qui reclament votre signature sans laquelle impossible de renouveler
la license de votre voiture. Vera qui fait les bagages en ce moment-ci et qui vous envoie ses
affections, preta cette voiture a un jeune homme revenu de la guerre qui n’a pas le sou mais qui a
une femme et deux enfants. Vous le rendrez heureux, ce jeune homme, en nous renvoyant ces
deux petites feuilles munies de votre sympathique signature, *) si possible par ret. du cr. et par
Je vous ecrirai apres notre retour de Washington, c. a d. apres le 4 mai et en attendant veuillez
trouver ici carissima Nadia my affectionate love and many, many kisses from
Always yours
I Str
[P.-S.] Avez-vous recu mon Ode, enfin parue ? Ce n’est pas pour que vous me remerciez mais
pour savoir si cela vous est parvenu.
*before a Witness (et son adresse) ; ne l’oubliez pas, c. a d. signature legalise [sic] avec un



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