Chapter 1, 6 April 1938


Chapter 1, 6 April 1938


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


6 April 1938


Bibliothèque nationale de France



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
63 Garden Street, Cambridge, Mass. U.S.A.
April 6, 1938
Very dear friend,
Received your cable this morning. Last night I received, on engraved proofs from Strecker,
pages 27–37 (inclusive) of the last movement of my Concerto in E-flat. I have just finished
correcting them and am sending them to you on the SS Europa. There are still some seven to
eight pages yet to come and I will send them to you as soon as I have them (next week). You can
therefore create the parts from what you have because [if you were to] work from the
manuscript—which has many missing bowings (and also quite a few mistakes that I have not had
the time to correct)—you would have serious difficulty establishing correct parts. I will try again
to obtain a special printing from Strecker for you.* Refer only to the copy (for the orchestral
parts) that you’ve already received from me (that being the corrected proofs of the first and
second movements) and which I’m sending you today.
It was very unexpected, this obsession with having our concert on the first of May, and has taken
us by surprise. I am hopeful that everything will sort itself out, especially when I think that it is
you who will be handling everything.
With deepest affection,
Igor Strawinsky
[P.S.] Have you been able to speak to Mrs. Bliss on the subject of our last conversation?
*because you will be returning your own [current copy] in order to complete the parts.
Stravinsky à Boulanger
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
63 Garden Street, Cambridge, Mass. U.S.A.
6 April 1938
Très chère amie,
Votre câble reçu ce matin. Hier soir reçu de Strecker les pages 27-37 incl. du dernier mouvement
de mon Concerto en mi bémol en épreuves gravées. Je viens de les corriger et vous les envoie
par le S/S EUROPA. Il nous reste que quelques 7 à 8 pages de la fin que je vous enverrai dès que
je les aurai (la semaine prochaine). Vous pouvez donc faire établir les parties d’après ce que vous
avez car d’après le manuscrit, où il y a beaucoup de coups d’archet qui manquent (et où il y a
également pas mal de fautes que je n’avais pas eu le temps de corriger) on aurait de la peine à
établir un matériel correct. Je tâcherai d’obtenir de Strecker encore un tirage spécial pour vous*.
Rendez seulement à la copie (pour les parties d’orchestre) ce que vous avez déjà de chez moi
(soit les épreuves corrigées de la 1-ère et de la 2-ème partie) et ce que je vous envoie
C’était vraiment inattendu cette fixation au 1er
mai de notre concert et cela nous a pris au
dépourvu. Je veux espérer que tout s’arrangera et que tout se passera bien surtout quand je pense
que c’est vous qui aurez tout cela en mains.
Je vous embrasse très affectueusement
Igor Strawinsky
Avez-vous pu parler à Mme Bliss au sujet de notre dernière conversation ?
*car vous rendrez la vôtre pour l’extraction des parties [partitions]



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