Music: Maeterlinck Goes to the Opera

Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian poet and playwright, has little love for music. He once said that, so far as music was concerned, he was "like a blind man in a museum."

Last week M. Maeterlinck, now a white-haired, soft-faced, 78-year-old refugee in Manhattan, went to Philadelphia to hear an opera. As he entered the old Academy of Music, he said grimly: "I will sit through it to the end, no matter that I do not like it." The opera was Pelléas et Meélisande, music by Achille-Claude Debussy, drama by Maurice Maeterlinck. Although Pelléas was first performed nearly 40 years...

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