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Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 03/06/2012

L’affair Golijov

I certainly never meant to say so much about Osvaldo Golijov and the accusations of plagiarism
Osvaldo Golijov: plagiarism, or simply a creative block? (Photo by Sara Evans) (Courtesy of Opus 3 Artists) (Sara Evans)
that emerged in the wake of the discovery that a substantial chunk of his “Sidereus” were cribbed from another composer. But my original blog post spawned a short “rant” (a new feature) in the Arts section of last Sunday’s Washington Post, and now WQXR has posted a podcast on the topic, on which I am one of the guests. With each iteration of my argument I grow more vehement. I agree that his borrowing is not a great thing — the WQXR host, Naomi Lewin, plays three different iterations of the same piece, each performed under a different title — but I also find the righteous indignation of his current accusers, turning on a once-revered composer with something approaching glee, a little hard to stomach.

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