Chapter 6, 1962

Title

Chapter 6, 1962

Subject

Théodore Stravinsky, Théodore Strawinsky

Creator

Nadia Boulanger

Date

1962

Source

Fondation Théodore Stravinsky, Théodore Strawinsky

Type

Letter

Extracted Text

Boulanger to Théodore Strawinsky
[No Date] [1962]
Dear Théodore,
Sorry I still haven’t written you. I am so shaken up. I spent Sunday afternoon with your Father—
surprising strength, enthusiasm and tenderness. The worry he creates for himself, for Denise, for
you, for Kitty. Perhaps he seems to remain silent, but he lives with those who are his life and
every detail remains engraved—all hidden in a seemingly contradictory appearance, but
nevertheless rooted within.
His impressions, his trip, this return to his childhood, his sense of modesty, his way of saying
nothing but what he wants to, and how the words must veil or divulge. It is true, he walks with
difficulty, it’s the only time where one can see the signs of the shocks he has undergone. His
spirit is young, alive, innovative, mobile, and what clairvoyance, what conviction as well, which
sometimes creates incontrollable, spontaneous reactions.
Unfortunately, I must hurry, I can spare anything but time, but I am with you, sharing in your
hopes, your expectations, knowing the weight of your intense patience.
Give Denise my love and know, both of you, that my thoughts never leave you. Thank you
again.
Yours,
NB
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Boulanger à Théodore Strawinsky
[sans date] [1962]
Cher Théodore,
Pardon de ne pas vous avoir écrit encore. Suis si bousculée. Passé l’après-midi de
dimanche avec votre Père, étonnant de force, d’enthousiasme et de tendresse. Le souci
qu’il se fait pour Denise, pour vous, pour Kitty. Peut-être semble-t-il rester silencieux
mais il vit avec ceux qui sont sa vie et chaque détail resté gravé. Tout cela caché, en
apparence contradictoire, et pourtant si enraciné.
Ses impressions, son voyage, ce retour à son enfance, sa pudeur, son art de ne dire que ce
qu’il veut, et comment les termes doivent voiler ou découvrir. Il est vrai, il marche mal,
c’est le seul moment où l’on voit des signes de chocs qu’il a subis, l’esprit est jeune, vif,
novateur, en mouvement, et quelle clairvoyance, quelle conviction aussi qui crée parfois
des réactions d’une spontanéité incontrôlables.
Hélas il faut aller vite, je ne dispose de rien comme temps mais suis avec vous partageant
vos espoirs, votre attente, sachant le poids de cette patience si longue !
Embrassez Denise et sachez tous deux que ma pensée ne vous quitte pas. Merci encore.
Votre
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Nadia Boulanger, “Chapter 6, 1962,” Digital Exhibits, accessed July 25, 2024, https://digex.lib.uoguelph.ca/items/show/2571.

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