Arkady Apollonovich Sempleyarov
The head of the Acoustics Commission
of Moscow Theaters. There was no such organization, presumably this
is GOMEC, the State Union of Music-Hall, Concert, and Circus Enterprises
(see Chapter 17).
|Sempleyarov's name sounds like that of Bulgakov's friend, the composer Alexander
Afanasievich Spendiarov (1871-1928), seen here in a 1926 photo.
Sempleyarov's name and patronymic point to the Apollonian/Dionysian theme of this chapter. Apollo
was the patron of the arts, associated with the civilizing force of the
gods. Arcadia was the pastoral woodland, home of Dionysus, Pan, and the
forces of anti-civilization and chaos.
We learn in Chapter 27 that
Sempleyarov lives in the House
on the Embankment.