Sunday arts letters

Hitch knew the score

An interesting bit of history surrounds Bernard Herrmann in relation to “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (“Getting Hitched,” SundayArts, July 28). The assassination is primed to occur at the climax of a cantata. That piece, the “Storm Clouds Cantata,” was composed by Arthur Benjamin, a contemporary of Benjamin Britten. The piece was extended by Herrmann for the remake, in which Herrmann is the conductor in Royal Albert Hall in his only film appearance. Hitchcock was careful to give credit in the film, with a scene showing a billboard outside the hall with Herrmann’s name. That music is now only rarely performed, as the score was for many years lost. Likewise, few recordings have been made.



Faking it on ‘The Vineyard’

Please Matthew Gilbert, don’t hold back on the reviews of The Vineyard


(“ ‘The Vineyard’: Mannequins on the beach,” g, July 23). I was insulted to watch each minute.

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I’ve actually gotten to the point where I feel sorry for the actors because they have been asked to tell a lie and pretend this show is off the cuff and not scripted. They are just trying to get into Hollywood. Want a real laugh? Watch the cast interviews.


Vero Beach, Fla.

Weird, in a good way

Thanks to Geoff Edgers for the article on Harry Nilsson (“Reconstructing Harry,” SundayArts, Aug. 4). So weird: I was doing a lyrics search of one of his songs and just happened to look down and see the link to your article. Life is weird, but would we want it any other way?

Loved the article. Loved Harry, flaws and all.



State College, Pa.

Venting about public art

I love the Os Gemeos mural, a bright, colorful, whimsical improvement to the giant ugly vent building (“In the eye of the beholder,” Page A1, Aug. 3). I can’t say I’m crazy about the boring black/white/gray abstraction that will replace it. But any public art is better than the plain windowless wall of the vent building.


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I don’t care what they put up as long as they replace that ugly monstrosity. I work in a building right next to the “art” and have to look at that thing multiple times a day, every day. What an eyesore.


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I don’t understand why the ICA didn’t open this space up to Boston artists. It seems like such a missed opportunity, especially given the number of artists in the Fort Point area. The new mural is boring and lacks contrast, but I’m more disappointed in the fact that local artists were not even considered for it.


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Correction: Because of an editing error, a photo accompanying an earlier version of this article depicted Alfred Hitchcock’s original version of “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” not his later remake of the film.