Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Letter to the Editor of The New York Times from Dominique-René de Lerma

The post “Nadine Gordimer on Beethoven: Review by Dominique-René de Lerma” is an article which accompanied a Letter to the Editor of the New York Times from Dr. De Lerma:


Your book review for December 16, 2007 (Beethoven's birthday, incidentally) carried a review of Nadine Gordimer's Beethoven was one-sixteenth Black, by Siddhartha Deb. It was very clear this is a book for fictional short stories, but there remain many individuals who will regard this as fact. The writing may be quite excellent and I am not complaining about that, but I hope this will not be thought additional ammunition for those who still feel he was a composer with African heritage.

Dominique-René de Lerma
Professor of Music
Lawrence University
Appleton WI 54914


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