IGOR STRAVINSKY - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 06/28/1936 CO-SIGNED BY: CATHERINE STRAVINSKY - HFSID 67121
Sale Price $1,870.00
IGOR and CATHERINE STRAVINSKY
Both sign a 1936 autograph note written by his first wife in French on a picture postcard to friend and famed music teacher Nadia Boulanger. The postcard pictures the sanitarium where Igor would be treated, and Catherine would die, three years later.
Autograph Note signed: "Catherine", "& Igor Starvinsky/28 August - 36", 5½x3½ picture postcard. ANS in Catherine's hand, in French, translated in full: "Affectionate thoughts of us both and of Sancellemoz". Addressed in her hand to "Mademoiselle N. Boulanger" at a Paris address, forwarded (unknown hand) to the Hotel d'Angleterre in the Pyrenees. Pictured on verso (b/w) is the French sanitarium of Sancellemoz, with Mont Blanc looming in the background. Russian-born IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882-1971), who became a U.S. citizen in 1945, was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He wrote works in the neo-classical and serialist styles, but he is best known for two works from his earlier, Russian period: L'oiseau de feu (The Firebird, 1910) and Le sacre du printemps (The Rites of Spring, 1913). Stravinsky also wrote in a broad spectrum of ensemble combinations and classical forms. His works included everything from symphonies to piano miniatures. CATHERINE STRAVINSKY, Igor's first wife, was debilitated by tuberculosis for the last two decades of her life. She remained loyal and supportive of her husband and children, turning a blind eye to his affairs with Coco Chanel and with Vera Sudeikin, who would become the second Mrs. Stravinsky in 1940, one year after Catherine's death at the Sancellemoz sanitarium nestled in the French alps. TB also claimed the life of their daughter Lyudmilla at Sancellemoz in 1938. Famed French music educator Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) taught many young musicians, and was often cited as a profound influence by American composers like Aaron Copland. In the 1920s she gave piano lessons to the Stravinsky's youngest son, Soulimma, who became a concert pianist. Boulanger conducted the premiere of Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks Concerto" in 1938, when Igor was himself convalescing from tuberculosis. He wrote "Hommage to Nadia Boulanger", a vocal composition for two tenors, which was performed at her 60th birthday party. Lightly worn at corners. Ink has run slightly at the handwritten date. Fine condition.
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