Guide to the Nadia Boulanger note to R.I., 1963 October 6


Collection comprises a single autograph manuscript note dated 1963 with a Paris return address from the conductor and composer Nadia Boulanger to her friend "R.I." Boulanger inquires after his recent illness and encourages him to carry on his work in the future. The note's recipient is likely the composer Robert Irving.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Nadia Boulanger note to R.I.
1963 October 6
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 item
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection consists of a single autograph manuscript note (dated 1963 October 6) from the French composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger to a sick friend identified as "R.I." It's likely that the recipient was the conductor Robert Irving. Boulanger inquires as to what advice he's received from his doctors, and mentions her own recent illness. She says that her faith has "brought moral relief to the physical suffering." She asks after his plans and hopes for the future, "in spite of all that makes regular work so difficult." Boulanger writes her address at the bottom of the note: 35 Rue Ballu, Paris IX.

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[Identification of item], Nadia Boulanger note to R.I., David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Folder 1

Historical Note

Nadia Boulanger was a celebrated French composer, conductor and teacher. She was the first woman to conduct many major orchestras in America and Europe. Boulanger also taught many students who went on to great renown, including Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones, Virgil Thomson, and Philip Glass.

Robert Irving was a British conductor who served as the longtime musical director of the New York City Ballet.

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The Nadia Boulanger note to R.I. was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Megan E. Lewis, March, 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS131