Chapter 4, 5 September 1948


Chapter 4, 5 September 1948


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


5 September 1948


Bibliothèque Nationale De Paris



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
September 5, 1948
How to thank you for your nice letter and for the program (Bryant [sic] Summer School) with
this impressive collection of signatures. I am very touched by them.
I would so like to write to you (volumes!)—but when? All my time (three months already) has
been devoted to composing the opera The Rake's Progress—three Acts, eight tableaux. And I am
still [working on] the end of the first tableau (it is true, it's the longest). Soprano, alto, tenor, and
two basses as characters and a small orch. (same as in The Marriage of Figaro), small choir,
Recit.—Harpsichord or Piano.
Forgive me* and accept, very dear Nadia, a very affectionate kiss from
I Str., who loves you
*for not having written you a longer letter.
Stravinsky à Boulanger
5 septembre 1948
Comment vous remercier pour votre bonne lettre et du programme (Bryant Summer School)
avec cette impressionnante collection de signatures. J’en suis bien touchée.
Je voudrais tellement vous écrire (des volumes !)—mais quand ? Tout mon temps s’en va
(depuis déjà 3 mois) à la composition de l’opéra The Rake's Progress—3 Actes, huit tableaux. Et
j’en suis encore à la fin du premier tableau (c’est vrai, c’est le plus long). Soprano, Alto, Tenor et
two Basses comme personnages et un petit orch. (pareil aux Noces de Figaro), petit chœur,
Recit—Harpsichord ou Piano.
Pardonnez-moi* et acceptez, très chère Nadia, un very affectionate kiss de
I Str., qui vous aime
*de ne pas vous écrire plus longuement.



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