Chapter 6, 24 November 1964


Chapter 6, 24 November 1964


Théodore Stravinsky, Théodore Strawinsky


Nadia Boulanger


24 November 1964


Fondation Théodore Stravinsky, Théodore Strawinsky



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Boulanger to Théodore Strawinsky
November 24, 1964
Dear Théodore,
Thank you for your thoughtfulness, it is kind [of you] at a very painful time. Prince Pierre was so
close, so necessary, [he has left] a very deep emptiness.
But I am happy to know that you are finally at home. I hope so much that Denise truly feels
Saw your Father in Berlin. His new work is moving was very beautiful—he himself is full of
ideas, of conviction, but it’s sad that his physical state weighs so heavily on him. I was so happy
to have spent those few hours with him. His joy about the new house is extraordinary. [He has]
the enthusiasm of someone whose future lies before him, yet . . . He knows, but he acts, lives,
and feels with a heightened acuity, as if he has nothing more to lose. A very beautiful courage
and inner strength. You have told me nothing about Kitty, are you also preoccupied? How I think
of you both, of your Mother, of Mika, on the 28th!
All my love,
* * *
Boulanger à Théodore Strawinsky
24 novembre 1964
Cher Théodore,
Merci de votre pensée, elle m’est douce à un moment très douloureux. Le Prince Pierre
était si proche, et si nécessaire, vide très lourd.
Mais je suis heureuse de vous savoir enfin chez vous, j’espère tant que Denise se sent
vraiment mieux.
Vu votre Père à Berlin, nouvelle œuvre émouvante très belle, lui, plein d’idées, de
conviction, mais triste son état physique lui pèse tant. Quel bonheur d’avoir passé ces
quelques heures avec lui, sa joie de la nouvelle maison est extraordinaire, l’ardeur d’un
être qui a l’avenir devant lui, et pourtant…Il sait, mais il agit, vit, et sent avec une acuité
accrue, semble-t-il ne plus rien perdre. Très beau de courage, de force intérieure. Vous ne
me dites rien de Kitty, êtes-vous aussi préoccupé ? Que je pense à tous deux, à votre
Mère, à Mica, le 28 !
Je vous embrasse.



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