Chapter 4, 27 July 1951


Chapter 4, 27 July 1951


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


27 July 1951


Bibliothèque Nationale De Paris



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
36 rue Ballu
Paris 9eme, France
July 27, 1951
Dear Nadia,
Just a letter in response to the questions you sent me in your letter from Fontainebleau on July
21, received just now.
I leave here July 30 and will be in New York (Hotel Lombardy, 111 East 56th Street, New York
22, N.Y.) from August 2 to August 7, on which date I embark on the SS Constitution (American
Export Lines) to arrive in Naples on August 15.
I will be in Milan until September 3 (c/o Scala or Hotel Duomo)
Following that, Venice (c/o Biennale or Hotel Bauer-Grunwald)
The premiere I’m conducting is on September 8; afterward two other performances, the 10th and
the 12th, under an unknown director, probably someone from [La] Scala (I have recommended
Markevitch, but it appears that will not work out).
After the shows I will probably make recordings of [The] Rake, but where? . . . (Venice or Milan) .
. . and when exactly? . . . I have no idea.
Afterward I have a pair of concerts in Milan at the Scala on the 27th and 28th of September.
Then October 8: Cologne (Oedipus Rex);
October 14: Baden-Baden;
October 21: Munich (the new Oedipus Rex with Cocteau)
I must reboard the SS Constitution in Genoa or Naples the 29th or 30th of October to come back
to New York for November 7.
See you soon.
In all haste, I am very affectionately,
Igor Stravinsky
Stravinsky à Boulanger
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
36 rue Ballu
Paris 9eme (France)
27 juillet 1951
Chere Nadia,
Juste ces lignes en response aux questions que vous me posez dans votre lettre de Fontainebleau
du 21 juillet, recue a l’instant.
Je pars d’ici le 30 juillet et serai a New York (Hotel Lombardy, III East 56th Street, New York
22, N.Y.) du 2 Aout au 7 Aout, date a laquelle j’embarque sur le SS « CONSTITUTION »
(American Export Lines) pour arriver a Naples le 15 Aout.
Je serai a Milan jusqu’au 3 septembre (c/o Scala or Hotel Duomo)
Ensuite Venise (c/o Biennale ou Hotel Bauer-Grunwald)
La premiere que je dirige est le 8 septembre ; ensuite deux autres spectacles, le 10 et le 12, sous
une direction inconnue, probablement quelqu’un de La Scala (j’avais recommande Markevitch
mais parait-il ca ne marche pas).
Apres les spectacles il est probable que je ferai des enregistrements du Rake, mais ou ?...(Venise
ou Milan)… et quand exactement ?...Je n’en sais rien.
J’ai ensuite une paire de concerts a Milan a la Scala les 27 et 28 Septembre.
Puis le 8 octobre : Cologne (Oedipus Rex);
Le 14 Octobre : Baden-Baden;
Le 21 Octobre: Munich (de nouveau Oedipus Rex avec Cocteau) ;
Je dois reprendre le SS « CONSTITUTION » a Genes ou Naples le 29 ou le 30 Octobre pour
rentrer a New York le 7 Novembre.
A bientôt.
En toute hate je vous embrasse bien affectueusement,
Igor Stravinsky



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