On July 26, 1928, Hugo von Hofmannsthal wrote to Richard Strauss regarding their work-in-progress, Arabella:

As I try to think and feel with the public, with our contemporaries—for whom we are, after all, creating these things—I have a very good inkling … of what they would long for, of what would pluck from their joy-craving minds a storm of delight, far beyond the joy brought to them by Rosenkavalier. Not that I mean to say you should write like Lehár! You answered that once and for all years ago when you said to your wife in a Berlin restaurant, “I cannot write like him, for in a few bars of mine there is more music than in a whole Lehár operetta. …” Operetta might be made to yield up to this type...

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