excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 5 February 1919' pp. 387 (161 words)

excerpt from 'Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 5 February 1919' pp. 387 (161 words)

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Sergey Prokofiev diaries: 5 February 1919

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I saw for the first time Pelléas et Mélisande in the production by 'our' Chicago Opera, currently on tour here at the Lexington Theatre. Pelléas absolutely enchanted me with the magical power of its poetic dream world. One is caught in its meshes as in a web, and transported who knows where. Is it good music? Perhaps. It has all the charm of understatement; an understatement at times so pronounced that to go beyond it would result in nothing at all. It opens up amazing possibilities for operatic exposition, but it seems to me one could explore them still further. When I immerse myself again in my Oranges I shall be returning to dream-world subjects. 

The opera was performed very acceptably and the theatre was full. I begin to think that they really will produce Oranges. Kahn and Campanini both came up to me graciously and shook my hand, but I can hardly bear to look at them.

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