In response to:
Berlioz, Boulez, and Piaf from the January 29, 1970 issue
To the Editors:
No doubt Piaf had prodigious abilities, but Marcel Cerdan was a middleweight and not, as Virgil Thomson reports [NYR, January 29], “heavyweight champion.”
New Orleans, La.
Virgil Thomson replies:
My article was not a review of a book but an evocation of a man and his music as recalled through a series of centenary homages. At that, I did name the translator, and in my lead sentence. As a further compliment for possible use in advertising I here attest that this is the first time I have ever been able to read through those memoirs.
For still further praise of one whose qualifications have never been in dispute, Mr. Pole’s letter should suffice.
O.K. by me.
March 12, 1970