Monday, October 22, 2007

Avoiding 'Free For All', Mr Cogito Works With Washington Post To Affirm National Symphony's Leading Role In American Classical Music History

October 17, 2007

'Music critic Robert Battey was incorrect in describing the Cleveland Orchestra’s performance of American composer John Adams’s “Guide to Strange Places” as a U.S. premiere ["Cleveland Orchestra Lives Up To Its Rep at Kennedy Center," Style, Oct. 17].

The work has had numerous performances in the United States since its world premiere by the Netherlands Radio Orchestra, conducted by the composer, on Oct. 6, 2001.

In fact, the work was given its U.S. premiere by Washington’s own National Symphony Orchestra, under Leonard Slatkin, in three concerts at the Kennedy Center in December 2002.'

— Garth Trinkl


"The Washington Post is considering publishing your letter [above, slightly edited] on the Oct. 20 Free For All page. I need to know the following information:

* Did you write the letter yourself and under your own name?

* Did you send the letter to any other publications or post it on a blog?

* Do you have any connection to the subject matter?

We ask all letter writers these questions, but I was curious about one other thing: How did that word "premiere" jump out at you? I quickly pinned down the facts of the matter via Google, but I gather you could recall those details off the top of your head.

Also, I'd say chances are 50-50 that the Style section will opt for a correction on the matter, in which we wouldn't use the letter."

Mr. _


Mr. __,

Thank you for your consideration of my brief letter.

1. I affirm that I wrote the letter myself and under my own name.

2. I affirm that I did not send the letter to any other publication or post it on a blog.

3. I affirm that I have no connection to the subject matter.

Yes, I recalled the U.S. premiere by the National Symphony, in 2002, off the top of my head, since I attended that U.S. premiere here in Washington (as well as Monday's Cleveland Orchestra performance). As you probably know, John Adams is widely considered America's leading composer of classical music. (He composed the 'official' 9/11 memorial work for the New York Philharmonic -- "On the Transmigration of Souls" -- which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003).

More than simply a correction of an error by your new classical music critic, my note was meant to shed favorable light on Washington's own National Symphony Orchestra, its musicians, and its outgoing director Leonard Slatkin

If the paper goes with a correction, I would simply hope that notice would be made that the work received its U.S. premiere under Leonard Slatkin and the NSO in December 2002.

Thank you.




Saturday, October 20, 2007; Page A02

¿ "An Oct. 17 Style review incorrectly said that the Cleveland Orchestra's performance of John Adams's "Guide to Strange Places" was a U.S. premiere. The work's U.S. premiere was in 2002 by the National Symphony Orchestra".

Source: (c) Washington Post, October 20, 2007. All rights reserved.


In 1943, William Schuman won the first Pulitzer Prize for Music with his "Secular Cantata No. 2. A Free Song". The work was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and published by G. Schirmer, Inc., New York.

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