Chapter 5, 7 March 1954


Chapter 5, 7 March 1954


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


7 March 1954


Bibliothèque nationale de France



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
Hotel Olympic Seattle, Washington
March 7, 1954
My very dear Nadia —
Thank you for your letter, for having remembered March 2 (not the 3rd) and for the past fifteen
Happy that you are reading my Septet. I conducted its premiere at Dumbarton Oaks. Bob is
conducting it tomorrow in Los Angeles—as for me, I have also conducted a symphonic concert
here. Ask Boosey & Hawkes to send you my new Three Shakespeare Songs, which Bob is also
conducting tomorrow.
I need to be in Rome April 4 and stay there until the 18th, then Turin (Perséphone and the Violin
Concerto), then Lugano*) (radio Monte Carlo) the 27th, then staying with Théodore, then
Cologne and Baden-Baden in May, then London (Royal Philharmonic) May 27, then Lisbon at
the beginning of June, then returning by plane to the U.S.
Is it really possible we will not see one another this time?
Love, kisses,
I Str.
*Septet and chamber music
Stravinsky à Boulanger
Hotel Olympic Seattle, Washington
7 mars 1954
Très chere Nadia
Merci de votre bonne lettre, de vous être souvenue du 2 mars (pas le 3) d’il y a quinze ans !
Heureux que vous lisez [sic] mon SEPTET. J’en avais dirigé la première à Dumbarton Oaks. Bob
le dirige demain à Los Angeles—moi, j’ai [aussi] diriger [sic] ici un concert symphonique.
Demandez Boosey & Hawkes de vous envoyer mes nouveaux 3 SONGS de Shakespeare que
Bob dirige aussi demain.
Je doit [sic] etre à Rome le 4 Avril y reste au 18, puis Turin (Persephone et Violin Concerto),
puis Lugano *) (radio Monte Carlo) Le 27, puis chez Theodore, puis à Cologne et à Baden
Baden en Mai, puis à Londres (Royal Philharmonic) le 27 mai, puis à Lisbonne commencement
juin, puis retour en avion aux E.U.
Est-ce vraiment possible qu’on ne se voit pas cette fois ?
Love, Kisses,
I Str.
*Septet et music de chambre



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