Chapter 6, 24 November 1964


Chapter 6, 24 November 1964


Igor Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger


24 November 1964


Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Stravinsky
36 rue Ballu
Paris IX
Tel. Tri. 57-91
November 24, 1964
My Friend,
I will be with you on Saturday with such great loyalty and emotion. I see everything again, as if
it were yesterday...
Words are pointless, we know what lives in our hearts, protected by silence.
I’ve returned—from Monaco—days of intense sadness, and yet so luminous. I knew Pierre of
Monaco very well and loved him a great deal. Everything he left behind will help us live despite
what he takes with him.
I don’t know if you could have known that he was truly so secret, so alone, and yet so rich.
The Foundation held on so tightly to the hope that this project would be realized, the only one
that appeared to me as the most beautiful, most appropriate [one], so everything is under
consideration again. But I believe their budget will not permit them to plan for what hasn’t been
discussed but surpasses their available funds.
I am, as always, with you, and I believe I understand you, see you, and always love you with all
my heart,
Nadia B
* * *
Boulanger à Stravinsky
36 rue Ballu
Paris IXè
, France
Tel. TRI. 57-91
24 novembre 1964
Mon Ami,
Avec quelle fidélité et quelle émotion je serai avec vous samedi. Je revois tout, comme si
c’était hier…
Les mots sont vains, nous savons ce qui vit dans nos cœurs, protégé par le silence.
Suis rentrée—Monaco—ces jours d’une si grande tristesse, si lumineux pourtant. J’ai
bien connu, beaucoup aimé Pierre de Monaco, tout ce qu’il laisse aidera-t-il a [sic] vivre
en dépit de tout ce qu’il emporte.
Je ne sais si vous avez pu savoir qu’il était vraiment, si secret, si seul et pourtant si riche.
La Fondation tenait tant à la réalisation de ce projet, le seul qui me paraissait et le plus
beau et le plus juste que tout est encore à l’examen. Mais je crois que leur budget ne leur
permet pas d’envisager ce qui n’est pas discuté mais dépasse les disponibilités.
Je suis, comme toujours, avec Vous, et je crois que vous entends, vous vois, et toujours
vous aime de tout mon cœur,
Nadia B



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