Chapter 5, 22 January 1952


Chapter 5, 22 January 1952


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


22 January 1952


Bibliothèque nationale de France



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46, California
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
36 rue Ballu
Paris, IX (FRANCE)
January 22, 1952
My dear Nadia,
Thank you for your affectionate letter (of January 17).
You did well in keeping a copy of the little chorale for yourself, because one of the two was in
fact intended for you, the other for you to give to Gavoty at Le Figaro, which you have surely
I am happy and reassured to know you have finally received the three volumes of The Rake
(photocopy of my summary sketches).
Do you know a professor (I do not know of what) by the name of Leon Oleggini? I recently
received a letter from the editors Maurice and Pierre Foetisch, of Lausanne, telling me that they
had bought the manuscript of a book written about me by this gentleman. They asked me to
supply them with photos to illustrate the book that they propose to publish with a catalogue of
my works!!! I calmed them down, knowing neither the author nor the book and not having the
time to dedicate to them. But on the other hand, I am in the process of making, on my own, and
little by little, a complete (and, for the first time, exact) catalogue of my complete works.
Nabokov tells me that they, in principle, agree I may conduct The Rake at the opera, but that
Lehmann cannot decide anything for three weeks. On the other hand, Dr. Roth writes me from
London that Bondeville is managing the opera. Ultimately, I do not understand who is in charge
of whom or what. Nabokov pointed out to me new singers that I of course do not know: Janine
Michaud (Anne), Roger Bourdin (Shadow). Do you know them?
Have you seen the French translation? If so, what do you think of it?
Be an angel and respond to me as quickly as possible, it would be a pleasure to hear from you.
I Str.
Stravinsky à Boulanger
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46, California
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
36 rue Ballu
Paris 9ème
22 janvier 1952
Chere Nadia,
Merci de votre affectueuse lettre (du 17 Janvier).
Vous avez bien fait de garder pour vous un exemplaire du petite chorale [sic] car l’un des deux
vous etait en effet destine, l’autre devant etre remis par vos soins a Gavoty, du Figaro, ce que
vous avez surement fait.
Je suis content et rassure d’apprendre que vous avez enfin reçu les trois volumes du RAKE
(photocopie de mes summary sketches).
Connaissez-vous un professeur (je ne sais de quoi) du nom de Leon Oleggini ? J’ai reçu
dernierement une lettre des editeurs Maurice et Pierre Foetisch, de Lausanne, me disant qu’ils
avaient acheté le manuscrit d’un livre ecrit sur moi par ce monsieur. Ils me demandaient de leur
fournir differentes photos pour illustrer l’ouvrage qu’ils se proposent de publier avec le catalogue
de mes œuvres !!! Je les ai calmes, ne connaissant ni l’auteur ni l’ouvrage et n’ayant pas de
temps a leur consacrer. Mais par contre je suis en train de faire moi-meme, petit a petit, un
catalogue complet (et pour la premiere fois exact) de mon œuvre complete.
Nabakov m’ecrit qu’on est en principe d’accord pour que je dirige le RAKE a l’Opera , mais que
Lehmann ne peut rien decider avant 3 semaines. D’autre part le Dr. Roth m’ecrit de Londres que
l’Opera est entre les mains de Bondeville. Finalement je ne comprends pas qui commande qui et
quoi. Nabokov me signale des chanteurs nouveaux que je ne connais evidemment pas : Janine
Michaud (Anne), Roger Bourdin (Shadow). Les connaissez-vous ?
Avez-vous vu la traduction francaise, si oui qu’en pensez-vous ?
Soyez un ange, et repondez-moi le plus vite possible, vous me ferez plaisir.
I Str.



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