Chapter 6, 2 March 1958


Chapter 6, 2 March 1958


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


2 March 1958


Bibliothèque nationale



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
March 2, 1958
Thank you, thank you, dear Nadia, for your letter—I am very appreciative, believe me.
We are going to Venice (certainly to Bauer) on July 29, embarking for New York on board the
Cristoforo Colombo (which hit a whale between Genoa and Naples very recently). Threni (or
Lamentations after the Vulgate) upon which the composition touches near the end, will be
performed at the Scuola San Rocco under my direction around September 20; then I conduct
Oedipus and Le Sacre and on Sept 24 I leave with my whole ensemble for Switzerland, where I
am conducting Threni from Sept 25 to 29 in Geneva, Berne, Bâle, and Zurich. As for the desired
allocation for the Lili Boulanger Fund: OK.
Poor Marie-Blanche. I am thinking of her and I sympathize with your grief because I know you
were great friends.
I have as well just learned of a death that has greatly affected me—that of Alexandre Piovesan of
the Venice Biennale, he couldn’t have been more than forty years old!
Affectionately yours,
I. Stravinsky
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Stravinsky à Boulanger
2 mars 1958
Merci, merci, chere Nadia, de votre lettre – j’en suis tres sensible, croyez-le[-]moi.
C’est a Venise (certainement au Bauer) que nous allons le 29 juillet en s’embarquant a
New York au bord de Cristoforo Colombo (qui avait cogne une baleine entre Genes et
Naples tres recemment). Threni (ou Lamentations d’apres le Vulgate) dont la
composition touche vers la fin, passe a la Scuola San Rocco sous ma direction autour du
20 septembre ; je dirige ensuite Œdipe et le Sacre et le 24 sept. je pars avec tout mon
ensemble en Suisse ou je dirige Threni du 25 au 29 sept. a Geneve, Berne, Bale, et
Zurich. OK pour le Lili Boulanger Fund quant a l’attribution desiree.
Pauvre Marie Blanche. Je pense a elle et je sympathise avec votre chagrin car, je sais,
vous avez ete des grandes amies.
Je viens aussi d’apprendre une mort qui m’a beaucoup affligee—celle d’Alexandre
Piovesan de la Biennale de Venise, un homme de 40 ans a peine !
Affectueusement à vous,
I. Stravinsky



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