21 April 1907

The baritone Hermann Gura is giving a Goethe-Loewe-Abend. He gave a Loewe-Abend last month also, on 27 March.
The Mozart-Saal Orchester is giving a popular waltz concert.
The Philharmonic’s popular concert features soloists Witek and Reitz.
The Sing-Akademie’s noontime dress rehearsal of their final concert of the season consists of five Bach cantatas.
Salome is at the Königliche Oper, Leo Blech conducting tonight.
Deutsch-Amerikanisches: Czar und Zimmermann/Mamselle Nitouche
Central: Die Geisha/Wiener Blut
Theater des Westens: Der Freischütz/Die Lustige Witwe
Komische: Die Neugierigen Frauen
Lortzing: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Musical news outside of Berlin: Debussy’s opera Pelleas und Melisande has had its first performance in Germany, in Frankfurt. Representatives from the press came from all over, and the audience gave it a strong ovation. The unnamed critic for the Vossische Zeitung describes it as an interesting experiment but not much like an opera. The singers are cheated: there are no arias, ensembles or chorus. The voice parts are recitative-like exclamations; it is closer to melodrama than any other song form. The critic concedes that “a superior understanding allows Debussy to combine gracefully a bold mixture of colors and the most heedless sequences of chords foreign to each other.” However, “it may be doubted that Debussy has created a work of lasting value. In any case this strange experimental music (‘Experimentalmusik’) is noteworthy for better or worse, as a venture that one can reject, but not overlook.”1“N.” Vossische Zeitung, 21 April 1907, Morgen-Ausgabe, Erste Beilage (no page number).

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