Q: "Your review ... will shortly be behind me"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Wed Jul 8 00:56:48 UTC 2009

Joel S. Berson wrote:
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> To whom is the following (or similar) attributed?
> "Dear Sir, I am sitting in the smallest room in my house with your
> review in front of me; it will shortly be behind me." ....

This is usually attributed to (composer) Max Reger, I think. Several
apparently-authoritative books seem to say Reger.

[I once heard it casually attributed to (composer) Max Bruch (error, I
think probably).]

-- Doug Wilson

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