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June 12, 2012


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Dear DL: That's a wonderful little story. Puts things in perspective. In any case, it may have given Frank a little perspective.

I love the anecdote, though I don't believe it. Everything rings true -- Sinatra was very capable of approaching Stravinsky at the Cote Basque and humbly beseeching the maestro for an autograph -- except is speaking "rather good French." But who knows, maybe the French-speaking maitre prepped our boy. Nice story anyway. And if you're Elliott Carter and 103 you can tell any story you like, and neither Sinatra nor Stravinsky can do anything about it.

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