Chapter 1, Undated


Chapter 1, Undated


Igor Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger




Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Stravinsky
36 rue Ballu
I. Strawinsky
167 Brd. [sic] Carnet
My dear Friend,
Thank you with all my heart—your thoughts touched me greatly.
I can never tell you what these months with the symphony have been and the daily discoveries
that come from reading and rereading this extraordinary score.
If I knew how, I wish I could express the importance of this work, in all aspects. But actually,
that would be pretentious—it speaks so well for itself!
In this letter, please find our wishes, affection, and fervent admiration,
Nadia Boulanger
Boulanger à Stravinsky
36 rue Ballu
Téléph : Louvre 03-25
Monsieur I. Strawinsky
167 Brd. Carnet
Mon cher Ami,
Merci de tout cœur—votre pensée me touche tant.
Jamais je ne pourrai vous dire ce qu’ont été ces mois avec la Symphonie et chaque jour ces
découvertes en lisant et relisant cette extraordinaire partition.
Si je savais parler, comme j’aimerais dire la signification d’un telle œuvre, dans tous les
domaines. Mais à vrai dire, quelle prétention—elle parle si bien pour elle-même!
Trouvez ici nos vœux, notre affection et une fervente admiration.
Nadia Boulanger



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