M. Bagès sang yesterday with a masterful and delightful
grace, at the house of count Robert de Montesquiou-Fezensac,
melodies by M. Léon Delafosse that had been inspired by six
pieces from Chauves-souris into which seems to have
passed the melancholy and extraordinary spirit that animates
these erudite, heart-breaking and charming verses.
The music, unaffected and subtle like the poetry with which it is at one in substance and feeling, imitates with unique and manifold charms its spontaneous surges and thoughtful reprises. One regrets upon hearing it that over use has robbed the word "exquisite" of its value, and has made it almost sordid otherwise one would have willingly applied it in all its value and its wholly new magnificence.
Also the most sympathetic admirers of M. de Montesquiou will be favourable to these "sonorous waves" in which are reflected with a semi-miraculous exactness the uncertain and gentle flight of Chauves-souris.
2 June 1894, unsigned but written by Proust.
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