DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918). French composer.
Autograph Letter Signed to Albert Carré [director of the Opéra-Comique, Paris], 1 page 8vo, Sunday 23 December 1906.
Asking him to give to the Caisse des retraits of the Opéra-Comique the 100 francs that he is enclosing and then to distribute 50 francs to the machinists, as he thinks best. He is doing this, he writes, to mark the 50th performance of Pelléas, for which he is infinitely grateful to Carré.
Across the top of the sheet someone (presumably Carré) has pencilled instructions about the carrying out of Debussy's wishes.
The first performance of Pelléas et Mélisande had been given on 3 April 1902; the fiftieth was on the day this letter was written, still with Mary Garden singing Mélisande.