Chapter 5, 27 June 1953


Chapter 5, 27 June 1953


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


27 June 1953


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, 9th (France)
June 27, 1953
Dear Nadia,
I was happy to have your letter giving me your comments on the performance of [The] Rake at
the Opera Comique.
I received word from Françoise yesterday, and I notice that your impressions were similar. All
the better. At the heart of it, it must be a good performance, but I, like you, deplore that there
were changes [that caused problems] with continuity between scenes. It is precisely what I feared
everywhere and I had finally managed to avoid in the Boston performance.
I have asked Swarzensky, from rue d’Anjou, to send me the press clippings, and I hope he will
do it.
Those who told you I was thrilled with the Boulez article are in all cases quite adept at invention.
In any case I only became aware of it eight days ago, and consequently no one has had the time
to hear about my reactions since, in any case it would suffice to read the middle of page 221 to
be sure I am not at risk of being more charmed by Boulez than he pretends to be by me.
If you have the time, I suggest you also see Souvtchinsky’s article:
Page 21: “. . . the young, contemporary music’s aspirations which are no longer with Stravinsky .
. . ”
Also page 22, note I: “Above all, it is evidently a question of Stravinsky’s great works like Le
Sacre du printemps, Les Noces, Le Rossignol.”
The Salon’s careerism continues!!! . . .
Did you receive my letter? You haven’t told me about the Cantata . . . I would like, however, to
know how they sang and played it and how it was received?
Do not be “lazy”; answer me soon.
While waiting, I send fond wishes,
I. Str.
Stravinsky à Boulanger
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46, California
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
36 rue Ballu
Paris, 9eme
27 juin 1953
Chere Nadia,
J’ai ete heureux d’avoir votre lettre m’apportant vos commentaires sur l’execution du Rake a
l’Opera Comique.
Hier, j’avais recu un mot de Francoise et je constate que vos impressions son semblables. Tant
mieux. Au fond, ca devait etre une bonne execution, mais je deplore, comme vous, qu’il y ait eu
des solutions de continuite entre tableaux. C’est precisement ce que je redoute partout et avais
enfin reussi a eviter dans l’execution de Boston.
J’ai demande a Swarzensky, de la rue d’Anjou, de m’envoyer la presse et j’espere qu’il le fera.
Ceux qui vous ont dit que j’étais emballe par l’article de Boulez ont en tout cas le genie de
l’invention. D’une part je n’en ai pris connaissance qu’il y a huit jours, et par consequent
personne n’a eu le temps de connaitre mes reactions jusque la [sic], d’autre part il suffit de lire au
milieu de la page 221 pour etre sur que je risque pas d’etre plus charme par Boulez qu’il pretend
l’etre pour moi.
Si vous avez le temps, je vous suggere egalement de voir l’article de Souvtchinsky :
Page 21 : « … les aspirations de la jeune musique contemporaine qui n'est plus avec
Stravinsky… »
Aussi page 22, note 1 : « Evidemment il est question, avant tout, des grandes œuvres de
Strawinsky, comme Le Sacre du printemps, Les Noces, Le Rossignol. »
Le carrierisme de salon continue !!!...
Avez-vous recu ma letter ? Vous ne me parlez pas de la Cantate… je voudrais cependant bien
savoir comment on l’a chantee et jouee et comment elle a ete recue?.
Ne soyez pas « lazy » ; repondez-moi bientôt.
En attendant, je vous embrasse bien affectueusement,
I. Str.



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