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Contest. Contest. Who wants to win tickets to Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft for next Tuesday night?

I was supposed to run a contest promoting the premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s Kraft tonight at the NYPhil but I forgot (that’ll teach them to do business with a card-carrying member of the Medicare set) so this is a makeup.  I have tickets for the October 12 performance for the first person who can tell me the name of American composer whose Second Symphony is based on a single lyrical motif and explain what in the hell this has to do with Magnus Lindberg.  I also have a pair for the first person to correctly identify the Helsinki hotel at whose bar my wife and I paid $50 for two bloody marys about 20 years ago.  One hotel per person, please.  Bonne chance.

New clue: Jose’s Howard Hanson is a good try and may be the winner but he is not the composer or connection to Magnus Lindberg I had in mind.  So, here’s an additional clue:  the composer in question was also a pretty well-known music critic and he died at 63.

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Comment from Jose Simbulan
Time: October 8, 2010, 2:02 am

I’ll start with the hotel: Hotel Kamp.

Comment from Jose Simbulan
Time: October 8, 2010, 2:22 am

As for the American composer: Howard Hanson.

The tie: Howard Hanson was very active with UNESCO. Magnus Lindberg’s “Kraft” was the selected work of UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in 1986.

Comment from Dave
Time: October 8, 2010, 9:54 pm

Lester Trimble. He was the second New York Philharmonic Composer-in-Residence (1967-68). Magnus Lindberg is the sixth.

Comment from Jose Simbulan
Time: October 11, 2010, 1:54 pm

Well… Can I guess another hotel then? If so: Sokos Hotel Vaakuna. ;)

Comment from Jerry Bowles
Time: October 12, 2010, 9:05 am

Hey, Dave and Jose. Dave had Lester Trimble right and Jose had the right hotel. Contact me immediately and I’ll tell you how to get the tickets. Send me a note at sequenza21@gmail.com