Letters: Music paper

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Sir: "Papering the house" (report, 22 October; letters, 25 October) is probably as old as public musical performances and is not confined to state-subsidised British shows.

In Austria it is called wattieren - "padding out". When Berg's Wozzek was first given in Vienna the orchestra said, "This must be the first opera they have to paper all over again after the interval".

FRITZ SPIEGL

Liverpool

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