Chapter 1, 27 March 1936


Chapter 1, 27 March 1936


Igor Stravinsky


Nadia Boulanger


27 March 1936


Paul Sacher Stiftung



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Boulanger to Igor Stravinsky
36 rue Ballu, 9th
March 27, 1936
Dear Friend,
Here is the sheet music for Perséphone. I cannot tell you my sorrow in parting with it—not a day
went by that I did not owe it for profound and radiant joys. I was hoping to make a two-piano
reduction—this will [have to wait] for your return. Allow me also to enclose a cheque—if the
circumstances and my stupid illness were not complicating everything, you would have had it
sooner. But what you’ve given is so meaningful that many years will pass before we will have
exhausted its richness.
How can I thank you—need I tell you. You know, don't you, what you mean to all of us, and
above all, I add to a limitless admiration my whole-hearted affection, dear Friend,
Nadia Boulanger
Boulanger à Stravinsky
36 rue Ballu, 9ème
27 mars 1936
Cher Ami,
Voici la partition de Perséphone. Je ne peux vous dire avec quel chagrin je m’en sépare—il n’y a
pas de jour où je ne lui aie [sic] dû de profondes et lumineuses joies. J’avais espéré faire une
réduction pour 2 pianos—ce sera pour votre retour. Permettez-moi aussi de joindre un chèque—
si les circonstances, et ma stupide maladie n’avaient tout compliqué, vous auriez été là plus
souvent. Mais ce que vous avez donné a une telle signification que bien des années passeront
avant que nous n’ayons épuisé la richesse.
Combien je vous remercie—dois-je vous le dire. Vous sentez, n’est-ce-pas, ce que vous êtes pour
nous tous et au surplus, ajoutée à une admiration sans limites, quelle affection profonde me fait
de tout cœur, cher Ami, votre
Nadia Boulanger



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