Ati Gropius Johansen remembers the day Igor and Vera Stravinsky came to visit at her parents' house in Lincoln:
One Sunday in May of 1940, Stravinsky and his gorgeous wife Vera came for lunch at my parents' house. My father was delighted to see his old friend again whom he had known since 1922 in the Bauhaus days. A commonness of spirit pulled these adventurers of the modern movement together. They admired each others' work whether in music or architecture. Stravinsky's "L'histoire du Soldat" had always been a favorite in my father's record collection. Its clarity, spareness, inventive use of instrumental sound, humor, and unsentmentality all appealed to him greatly. Whether they spoke in English, French, or German, these two men spoke a common tongue.
Ati Gropius Johansen, personal communication, March 2005.