Edison Denisov to Jean-Marie Londeix – May 9, 1970

Edison Denisov à Jean-Marie Londeix – 9 mai 1970

9/5/70 Moscow

Dear Mr. Londeix, the parcel containing the list of possibilities [Ed. Note: for Londiex’s suggestions for use of extended saxophone techniques] and the cassette [tape] arrived undamaged, along with your kind letter dated April 20th. Thank you very much for everything. Your invaluable and precise suggestions will be very helpful in my work.

I like the saxophone very much and your exceptional talent thrills me. Your proposal [Ed Note: to write a piece for saxophone] touched me greatly and it is with great pleasure that I will write the piece for you. I realize it’s more practical to write the piece for saxophone and piano, but ensembles appeal more to me. What kind of ensemble would you prefer, and which might you find more practical? When would you like to have the score? - I ask this because I have other commissions.

I thank you once more for the magnificent saxophone lesson you have given me, as well as for your package.

With all my best sentiments,
Sincerely yours,
E. Denisov

Translation by Alfredo Mendoza,William Street, and Jennie Wood, University of Alberta

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