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As composer/pianist of Mozart & Salieri, I probably should have felt more gratitude when critic Stephanie Shaw announced in her 12/9 review that Mozart's music was "played with elan by pianist Allan Segall." But considering it was I, and not Mozart who in fact wrote the music for this production, I rather doubt if Shaw intended to praise me so highly. It's one thing to be hailed a second Mozart. Quite another to be mistaken for him!

When confronted with this error, Ms. Shaw simply retracted the following week that "Mozart was not the only composer" represented in the show. To set the record straight here, I play as introduction only the opening 16 bars of Mozart's famous Piano Sonata in A Major. The rest of the score--some 20 very un-Mozartian minutes worth of music--is mine and all mine!

Come on Ms. Shaw, even if you didn't read the program which clearly identifies me as composer, shouldn't you have at least come clean and given me the credit I deserve?

Allan J. Segall

W. Melrose

Stephanie Shaw replies:

In my correction I made it clear that Mr. Segall composed the original music for the show.

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