Donnerstag (9 January 1919)

Well, if they won’t demobilise me I’ll go to operas!  I remember reading about a German composer who was so fond of the old English air “The Last Rose of Summer”, that he introduced it into one of his works.  I little thought I should ever hear that work, and in Germany.  This opera seems to me to be in the same category as, say, the Yeomen of the Guard – comic opera verging on grand opera.  The music has often the full-bodied and almost obstreperous quality for which I have a weakness.