Communications


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To the Editor:

As author of a publication reviewed in Notes 60, no. 2 ("Expanding Horizons: Sexuality and the Rezoning of The Tender Land," in Copland Connotations: Studies and Interviews, ed. Peter Dickinson). I would have appreciated more careful consideration than afforded by your reviewer.

First, my name is Daniel, not David, Mathers. Second, my essay originated as a paper given at the University of Maryland, College Park, instead of at the Toronto and London conferences cited (p. 450), where none of the Copland papers addressed my topic.

Finally, and most importantly, the reviewer gives no indication that I too share his reservation, along with Copland, that "sexual orientation should be interpreted as only a portion of the artist's world view" (p. 451). In this regard, one can note especially my use of Copland's phrase "part answer" (p. 118) to describe the opera's inscription of sexuality.

DANIEL E. MATHERS

Aurora, IN

The reviewer responds:

First of all, Daniel Mathers is right to be incensed that I got his name wrong. It is mortifying, inexcusable, and all I can do is apologize and ask his forgiveness. …

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