Note: several links within this piece have stopped working. that is a way to “control” the story. I will try and keep up with the mysteriously dead links
Golijov’s String Quartet Kohelet
After my initial piece on Sidereus, I was contacted by the Brazillian journalist Lucia-Guimarães:
“Dear Mr. Manoff,
I just read your piece on Sidereus and was hoping to share some information as well as hear your opinion on a related incident that I have kept off the record as a journalist.
I am a correspondent with Brazilian media, based in New York. Would you be available to speak over the phone? “
The circumstance was this: The St. Lawrence String Quartet was scheduled to premiere a Kohelet
Although it’s difficult to sort out the details of which version of Kohelet is performed on a concert, music critic David Patrick Stearns (music critic, Philadelphia Inquirer ) reviewed it on FACEBOOK. I am asking Stearns for a link to his original review – I can’t imagine that a “review” on Facebook is legitimate. None-the-less, it does exist and is quoted elsewhere.
In one of many performances, Guimarães recognized that Golijov had appropriated a well-known song by Edu Lobo abd Chico Baurque. The name of the song is Beatriz.
In fact, Guimarães emailed me both the sheet music and a recording to make the point.
The Guimarães incident was covered in Bob Keefer piece as mentioned in Part One of this story..
Guimarães confronted Golijov at the concert. He apologized
and said he would withdraw the music. (At this point it wasn’t in print, it had only been performed. However that performance is still a violation of copyright law. The composers were due both credit and a performance fee.
After our conversation, Guimarães decided to confront Golijov again by phone as a journalist not a friend. I will post that discussion when I can get to it,
The upshot of all this was the Golijov apology, and a somewhat unclear agreement that Guimarães wouldn’t reveal the name of the piece and credits.
Golijov later replaced the music with something else
NOTE: I am currently trying to contact the St. Lawrence Quartet for comment on the situation and will post whatever response I might receive