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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000071.txt from 2007/12

From: Tony Pay <>
Subj: Re: [kl] The library of congress website
Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 13:25:47 -0500

On 11 Dec, "Daniel Leeson" <> wrote:

> There must have been a problem that prevented the l.o.c. from mounting the
> entire performance of K. 361 on their website, because in my discussions of
> the matter with them (about using my pre concert lecture) I got the clear
> impression that they sought and had received permission from the Orchestra
> of the Age of Enlightenment to put the performance on the website.

Certainly that was the understanding of the players.

Without overdoing the matter, I'd like to register my own reaction to the
piece of shit that appears on the l.o.c. website. I find it to be a triumph
of hype and presentation over content, like so much of American culture.

It starts off with two idiots singing and marvelling to each other. We then
get a three minute bit of K361 that can be connected to the movie they
discuss, and then cut to, I suppose, forty minutes of Dan's talk, including
his near-fainting in the presence of the manuscript and making jokes about

We may, or may not, have played the piece well. But the producers of the
programme (note, two m's and an e, rot your eyes) understood very well that
such a thing as K361 in isolation can't hack it. You do much better with
people talking in a show-biz way about how wonderful something is than
presenting that something -- which of course, in this case, might turn out to
seem quite ordinary to the general consumer.

So it goes.


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