|Plattsburgh's Preparedness Camp, courtesy|
So, was the song ever performed in 1915? Where and by whom? What was the reaction from audiences and critics? What did Debussy think of it years later?
3. Fred Eckstein (later Exton), a CRB delegate, writes to his mother on June 28, 1916 and mentions another delegate William H. Sperry. (Source: Hoover Institution, Stanford.) "He is a curious character. He comes from Calif. and talks like a back woodsman and his French is like his English. I have heard extraordinary language in my day but none as picturesque as his. He looks and acts like an Indian. Then he gets himself all dolled up with a cowboy hat, Norfolk jacket, white spats and loud tan shoes. They don't understand him here. But outside of all this, he's a corker but rude polish he has acquired makes him a scream."
1. Index cards. More than 2,000 now. I'm estimating there will be 3,000 or so when I'm done researching.
Lastly, I want to point out that as my deadline box in the upper right says, I was hoping to start writing December 1st. Putting the first real words to paper on such a big project is always a tremendous psychological hurdle, one that I was looking forward to overcoming -- albeit anxiously, I must admit.
Then something magical happened.