Lot 771: ALS in French, signed "Stravinsky," one page both sides, 4 x 2.75, January 2, 1920. Letter to Pierre Montreux and his wife in Paris, two of his friends. In full (translated): "Happy New Year is what I wish you from all my heart. We are very grateful for your telegram. I will come to Paris on the 10th. I just expect that Diaghilev will reach an agreement with my London representative, Chester, for the contract of the 'Chant du Rossignol.' If he doesn't, I'm tied up. I have myself very precise obligations towards Kling (Chester). I really hope Diaghilev will quickly settle this subject. In any case I would ask you to reserve me a room at the Maurice Hotel." In fine condition. Stravinsky first achieved international fame with the three ballets commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for the the Ballets Russes: The Firebird (1910), Petrushka (1911) and, most importantly, The Rite of Spring (1913). Here, Stravinsky refers to his 1917 symphonic poem, 'Le Chant du Rossignol,' adapted from his first opera, Le Rossignol [The Nightingale], which was first performed in 1914 by the Ballets Russes at the Palais Garnier in Paris. The symphonic poem was then turned into a ballet and debuted in February 1920, two months after this letter.
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