[Wagner’s Festpielhaus] Except for the instruments there is not one piece of metal in the building. He explained how the pit is constructed to project the sound out evenly through the theater. He also told us how all this may come to an end, as an American Army unit was moving into the place. He showed us that they had already moved in their kitchen equipment. I told him not to worry – we would take care of it. And we did go to the Miliary Governor (one had already been installed) and told him what was happening, and that the opera house was an historic landmark and needed to be preserved and protected. He understood that perfectly and said he would attend to the matter immediately. He must have done so, since the building still stands.
Length of complete piece: 2:05