Edison Denisov to Jean-Marie Londeix – September 6, 1987

Edison Denisov à Jean-Marie Londeix – 6 septembre 1987

Moscow  6 September 1987

Dear Jean-Marie,

Thank you for your letter of 22 June, and also for the file [dossier?] on saxophones (remarkable and extremely useful for me as well).  I vacationed in Sortavela and I wish I could go back.  I listened several times to your [Canadian?] disc, which I find truly remarkable.  It's a great deal different from  the EMI recording, but I enjoy them both.  I understand the differences inherent in interpretation, and I accept the two "versions" equally.

I'm also happy to have the news you sent me about the "Concerto Piccolo" (my thanks to Mr. Martin Fournier) and my "Sonata".  I would like to write the second sonata for you, but first I have to find the time.  As of now I've almost finished the "Symphony" that was commissioned by the Paris Symphony Orchestra and has to be ready for performance in Paris on March second and third.  I have to come to Paris at the end of February, and I would love to see you again.

I suggest you telephone "Chant du Monde" [publishing company] (47 42 94 18) and ask them to send you their information on me (the catalogue [works list?] and the two articles on my music - by Kholopov and Ivaskin).

I've added saxophone parts to the following scores:

1) "L'écume des jours"(1981) - lyric drama in 3 acts and 14 scenes (alto and tenor saxophone).

2) "Song of Autumn" for soprano and orchestra after text by Baudelaire (1971) (baritone saxohpone).

3) "Concerto for Cello and Orchestra" (1972) (3 altos, 2 tenors, and baritone saxophone).

4) "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra" (1974) (2 altos and 2 tenor saxophones).

5) "Requiem" (1980) for soparno, tenor, chorus and orchestra (soprano and alto saxophone).

Your friend,

E. Denisov

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

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