I certainly never meant to say so much about Osvaldo Golijov and the accusations of plagiarism
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.
What are your thoughts on the Golijov case?