Chapter 5, 22 November 1954


Chapter 5, 22 November 1954


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


22 November 1954


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
November 22, 1954
My dear Nadia,
Received your charming letter . . .
I am sorry not to be able to respond to you favorably, but this jury business in Monaco is
completely impossible for me.
I want to stay in Rome for a few days to rest before going directly to Baden-Baden, where I will
have more work than normal because of Rosbaud's absence at the moment.
On the other hand, I look forward to seeing you in Rome, where I will stay as usual at the
Hassler. We will arrive there on March 31.
All my congratulations on fifty years of teaching . . . What an important number!
I, who am older than you, cannot say the same, because my career as a composer started in 1907
with my first Symphony and my Suite for Voice and Orchestra, Le Faune et la Bergère, for
which Rimsky arranged a performance in the Imperial Court.
See you soon,
Fond and affectionate wishes,
I. Str.
Stravinsky à Boulanger
1260 North Wetherly Drive
Hollywood 46, California
Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger
36 rue Ballu
Paris 9eme
, France
22 novembre 1954
Chere Nadia,
Votre charmante lettre recue…
Je suis navre de ne pas pouvoir vous repondre favorablement mais cette affaire de jury a Monaco
est tout a fait impossible pour moi.
Je veux rester a Rome quelques jours pour me reposer avant d’aller directement a Baden-Baden
ou j’aurai plus de travail que d’habitude a cause de l’absence de Rosbaud a ce moment.
Par contre je compte vous voir a Rome ou je descendrai comme d’habitude au Hassler. Nous y
arriverons le 31 Mars.
Toutes mes felicitations pour vos 50 ans de professorat… Quel chiffre important !
Moi qui suis plus age que vous je ne peux pas en dire autant puisque ma carriere de compositeur
a commence en 1907 avec ma premiere Symphonie et ma Suite pour Chant et Orchestre, Le
Faune et la Bergere, dont Rimsky avait arrange l’execution dans un concert de la cour imperiale.
A bientôt,
Je vous embrasse bien affectueusement,
I. Str.



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