Chapter 5, 5 February 1955


Chapter 5, 5 February 1955


Nadia Boulanger


Igor Stravinsky


5 February 1955


Bibliothèque nationale de France



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Stravinsky to Boulanger
Hollywood 46, California
February 5, 1955
My very dear Nadia,
Thank you for your letters of January 27 which I found upon returning home from a concert tour
here . . . besides that, I am now starting my preparations for our trip to Europe next month
(leaving from here March 4).
Regarding projects with Venice, I believe Nabokov is a bit too wrapped up in his own
enthusiasm. The fact is that ten months ago the Venice Biennale submitted a project to me to
compose a religious work for them (they wanted [it for] 1956) that would be performed for the
first time under my direction at St Mark's Cathedral. Personally, I am very interested in this, but
nothing will get done or even get started so long as I have not received and signed the contract
with the Biennale.
The misfortune is precisely that this contract is dragging and is making me wait indefinitely.
I proposed a short “Passion according to Saint Mark” which pleased them greatly.
But as for me, as the Unions here say: “No contract, no work” . . .
We hope to see you somewhere during our European stay.
I. Str.
Stravinsky à Boulanger
Hollywood 46, California
Le 5 fevrier 1955
Bien chere Nadia,
Merci de vos lettres du 27 Janvier que je trouve en rentrant chez moi d’une tournee de concerts
ici…je commence du reste des maintenant mes preparatifs pour notre expedition en Europe le
mois prochain (depart d’ici le 4 Mars).
A propos de projets avec Venise, je crois que Nabakov s’est un peu trop emballe dans son
enthousiasme. Le fait est que depuis 10 mois La Biennale de Venise m’a soumis un projet pour
composer pour eux (ils desiraient 1956) une œuvre de caractere religieux qui serait donnee pour
la premiere fois sous ma direction a la Cathedrale St. Marc. Personnellement je suis tres interesse
par cette chose mais rien ne se fera ni ne commencera tant que je n’aurai pas recu et signe le
contrat avec la Biennale.
Le malheur est que precisement ce contrat traine et se fait indefiniment attendre.
Je leur avais propose une courte « Passion Selon Saint Marc » et cela leur avait beaucoup plu.
But pour moi aussi, comme les Unions disent ici : « No contract, no work »….
Nous esperons vous voir quelque part durant notre stage europeen.
I. Str.



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