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Subject: Girls of the Golden West
From: Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:47:01 -0500
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Joshua Kosman's review in the Chronicle is delicious, funny, and intellectually 
retarded. Kosman assumes that opera is historical, change is wrong and he knows 
his audience is with him. 

http://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/With-Girls-S-F-Opera-pans-for-gold-and-
12378363.php?utm_campaign=twitter-
premium&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social

Artists who do art (painting, sculpture, etc.) have had an overwhelming focus on 
the need to reassess and renew the art. It is perhaps the central theme of all art of 
the last 150 years. And it succeeded. It attracted original thinking and transformed 
itself from simply painting vases of flowers. It allowed irritating bad boys to 
become pillars of Western civilization. Poetry, ballet, literature, architecture, etc. all 
changed.  

Yet you have Kosman troubled because the form is not what he expected it to be.  
I am sorry Nicolas Slonimsky is not still around to do Volume Two of his “Lexicon of 
Musical Invective.” Kosman’s review would be included. 

Frank Cadenhead

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