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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Job 30, Pélleas and Mélisande, 1916-1920, 1940, 1950s

Summary: The opera Pélleas and Mélisande was adapted by Claude Debussy from a play by Maurice Maeterlinck. Bel Geddes designed the costumes, scenes, and lighting. No record of a performance exists. Geddes revisited Pélleas as a prospect for a movie in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Hunter Code: OP 8
Hunter Guide: page 148

Box/Location Folder Description
flat file b 1 Scene Rendering --- Charcoal sketch of final scene (11x15).
flat file b 2 Scene Rendering --- A Forest, Act I, scene i.
flat file b 3 Scene Rendering --- A Window in the Tower, Act III, scene ii.
flat file b 4 Scene Rendering --- The Crypt, Act III, scene iii.
flat file b 5 Scene Rendering --- A Chamber in the Tower, Act V.
flat file c 1 Costume Rendering --- 'Golaud.'
flat file c 2 Costume Rendering --- 'Arkël.'
flat file c 3 Costume Rendering --- 'Mélisande.'
flat file e 1 Preliminary Sketches --- 17 thumbnail sketches.
flat file e 2 Preliminary Sketches --- 4 sanguine sketches of scenes within the castle.
theater box 118 e 3 Preliminary Sketches --- Scene designs for movie.
theater box 118 i 1 Publicity --- Theatre Arts (Jul1920).
flat file i 2 Publicity --- Clipping 1920 (18x18).
theater box 118 k 1 Script --- Cut and pasted play with ms. notes.
theater box 118 k 2 Script --- Movie 'A Modern Pélleas and Mélisande Story' by Adelaide Heilbron and NBG 1940.
Sound Recordings
A 1631
s 1 Sound --- Audograph recordings of Edith Lutyens dictating a translation of the Obey play, disc #E211, transcribed 1957.
Sound Recordings
A 1632
s 2 Continued, disc #E212, transcribed 1957-1958.
Sound Recordings
A 1633
s 3 Continued, disc #E213, transcribed 1958.
Sound Recordings
A 1634
s 4 Continued, disc #E214, transcribed 1958.
Sound Recordings
A 1635
s 5 Continued, disc #E215, transcribed [1958].
Sound Recordings
A 1636
s 6 Continued, disc #E216, transcribed 1958.
Sound Recordings
A 1637
s 7 Continued, disc #E217, transcribed 1958.
Sound Recordings
A 1638
s 8 Continued, disc #E218, transcribed 1958.
theater box 118 y 1 Notes --- Original sleeves for Audograph recordings of Edith Lutyens dictating a translation of the Obey play, 1957-1958.

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