Igor Stravinsky

Stravinsky, Igor

Russian, and later French and American, composer, pianist, and conductor (1882-1971). Autograph letter signed ("I. Str."). Paris. 4to. 1 p. With an autograph envelope.
$ 3,721 / 3.500 € (91552/BN60873)

Charming letter in French and German to the silent film star Dagmar Godowsky, thanking her for a "pharmaceutical package" and telling her about a conversation with her brother and his imminent departure for Lake Geneva: "Mille merci de votre envoi pharmaceutique votre frère avec lequel j'ai eu eine telephonische conversation reste ici 2, 3 jours et moi qui pars aujourd'hui au Lac de Genève pour 3 jours (afin de décider pour l'été). En toute hâte. Mille meilleures choses à vous, chère amie, küsse die Hand".

Above the text, Stravinsky adds in German that he is in sufficient health: "Gesundheit Got [!] sei bedankt ganz gut". - In her memoir, Dagmar Godowsky (1897-1975) named Stravinsky as one of her great lovers. Little is known of the relationship, but the letter bears beautiful testimony to Stravinsky's familiarity with the actress. Her younger brother Leopold Godowsky Jr. was a violinist and chemist who, together with Leopold Mannes, created the first practical colour transparency film, Kodachrome. - Traces of folds. With tears to the folds and minimal browning..

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