Chapter 6, 9 December 1956


Chapter 6, 9 December 1956


Igor Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger


9 December 1956


Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Stravinsky
36 rue Ballu 9th
Telephone: Trinité 57-91
December 9, 1956
Thank you for your telegram, Dear Vera, Dear Igor. I am so sad to have not seen you Monday.
Words seem so weak to me and become sentimental so quickly. And I have difficulty saying
what my tenderness would nonetheless wish to express.
You are going to leave, but I cannot leave Europe this year, and much time will pass without us
seeing each other again. It is difficult for me [to accept it].
Every night here, I have heard your works all over, Dear Igor. I hope that you take a little
pleasure from all the joy we owe you and that you are happy to do so much with all that you
have been given. But forgive my nonsense.
Fond wishes. I love you with all my heart and am your
Nadia B.
* * *
Boulanger à Stravinsky
36 rue Ballu 9è
Téléph : Trinité 57-91
9 décembre 1956
Merci de votre télégramme, Chère Vera, Cher Igor. Je suis si triste de ne pas vous avoir
vus lundi. Les mots me paraissent si pauvres et si vite deviennent sentimentaux. Et je
vous dis mal ce que ma tendresse voudrait pourtant exprimer.
Vous allez partir, moi je ne puis quitter l’Europe cette année, et bien du temps va
s’écouler sans que nous nous retrouvions. J’en ai de la peine.
Tous ces soirs-ci, de partout j’ai entendu de vos œuvres, Cher Igor. J’espère que vous
avez un peu de joie de toute la joie que nous vous devons tous, et que vous avez du
bonheur à faire tant de tout ce que vous avez reçu. Mais pardon, nonsense.
Je vous embrasse. Je vous aime de tout mon cœur, et je suis votre,
Nadia B



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