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The Whole Score

August 21, 1994

James Hammerstein in "A Dark 'Sound of Music'? Check," (Aug. 7) finally identified for me why I could never "tune in" to "The Sound of Music." Because of its background in time and place, Hammerstein correctly labels the original "too sugarcoated." The sweetness of its sound contrasts the horror of its story. I have never been able to accept one without the other. Therefore, "The Sound of Music" is not my choice for listening or viewing pleasure.

I wish Hammerstein good luck in his efforts with the play and appreciate his sensitivity to its subject.

MIRIAM SAMOW

Palm Desert

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