Letter to the Editor

Norman Lebrecht broke this story earlier today. I wrote the letter below to the New York Times this afternoon. I hope others will follow suit and ask for Allan Kozinn to be reinstated as music critic. Letters may be directed to the attention of Jon Landman.

Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
620 Eighth Avenue
New York, NY 10018

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my disappointment at learning that Allan Kozinn has been removed from the position of music critic and reassigned to the culture desk at the New York Times. Since his arrival at the Times in 1977, Kozinn has been one of the hardest working writers on music that the paper has ever had. Moreover, he is one of very few writers on contemporary classical music who has the knowledge and expertise to explain the inspiration for and intricacies of a wide variety of newer repertoire. Never hectoring or obligating listeners to expand their comfort zones, he effectively communicates why they should engage with the music of our time. It would be a great loss for the paper and many of its current and future readers if Mr. Kozinn were not allowed to do what he does best: write about music.


Christian Carey

Assistant Professor of Music, Rider University

Managing Editor, Sequenza 21 (www.sequenza21.com)

6 thoughts on “Letter to the Editor

  1. WHAT? I just read a review of a performance I participated in last week. But I also noticed that Dan Wakin (of the culture desk) wrote today’s obituary of Sun Myung Moon. What is going on?

  2. Thank you for this suggestion. I was heartbroken to read of Allan Kozinn’s removal this morning. Would a Twitter campaign make an impact as well? @nytimesmusic

  3. Thanks for writing. Twitter advocacy never hurts, but in this case, I think that letters would have a greater impact.

    There’s also a petition up on Change.org that you can sign here.

    All best,

  4. Thanks for doing this, Christian. Kozinn’s transfer is so wrong, but unfortunately is typical of the decline in journalism and ethics that the Times has demonstrated this century (burying the story that Gore won their 2000 Florida ballot recount; refusing to publish the Downing St. memo; Judith Miller’s advocacy for the Iraq war; Jayson Blair; and the Duke Lacrosse team rape reporting). This gives me just one more reason to disrespect the Times. I’ve signed the petition and will write a letter as well.

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