Chapter 5, 8 February 1952


Chapter 5, 8 February 1952


Ernst Roth


Igor Stravinsky


8 February 1952


Bibliothèque nationale de France



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46, California
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
Monaco Palace
Principality of Monaco
February 8, 1952
My dear Nadia,
I was quite disappointed to learn the results of your investigation at rue d’Anjou concerning the
French version of The Rake. I would like to believe that it is not a complete catastrophe but
limited to a few places.
I just wrote to Dr. Roth to ask him to get in touch with you immediately to place you in charge of
putting all this in order. Otherwise, I do not know who to contact and you are in a position to
choose someone competent in the matter. As for myself, I am too far away and don't have the
Keep me up to date about what comes of this.
Tell me as well for which audience you gave your lectures about The Rake to in Monaco.
Still no decision from the Paris Opera. But the programs that have already arrived here announce
a heap of Strauss operas and The Rake isn't mentioned in them . . .
Fond wishes,
I Str.
Stravinsky à Boulanger
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46, California
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
Le Palais de Monaco
Principaute de Monaco
8 février 1952
Chere Nadia,
J’ai été assez deçu en apprenant les resultats de votre enquete rue d’Anjou au sujet du Rake en
francais. Je veux bien croire que la catastrophe n’est pas generale et qu’elle se limite a certaines
Je viens d’ecrire au Dr. Roth en lui demandant de se mettre immediatement en rapport avec vous
pour vous charger de mettre ordre a cela. Autrement, je ne sais pas a qui m’adresser et vous etes
a meme de choisir quelqu’un de competent en la matiere. Quant a moi jesuis [sic] trop loin et
n’ai pas le temps.
Tenez-moi au courant de ce qui en advient.
Dites-moi aussi pour quel auditoire vous etes allée donner vos conferences sur le Rake a
Toujours pas de decision de l’Opera de Paris. Mais les programmes deja parvenus ici annoncent
un tas d’operas de Strauss et le Rake n’y est pas mentionné…
Je vous embrasse affectueusement.
I Str.



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