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"Andrew, I have several ideas for the Music Hall's inaugural concert. The trustees approved my plans."

"The New York Symphony Society has been a passion of mine for years, Walter. It is why I constructed the Music Hall. As musical director of the society, you have a great influence on who the trustees choose for the inaugural concert. I want the opening to be grand and memorable."

"You will get your wish, I assure you. Before I explain that, I have something else of import. The trustees have asked that I play upon our friendship to make an appeal to you."

"What would they ask of me?"

"They wish you to put your name on the hall. Instead of Music Hall, it would be known as Carnegie Hall."

Andrew leveled an exasperated look on his friend. "Preposterous! I do not need my name emblazoned upon the facade in some grandiose form of accolade to myself. The building is for the Society and will be called the Music Hall."

"Take heed, my friend. They will continue with this. A single no may not suffice. However, I have done my duty in asking."

"You may be right. Now what else do you have for me today?"

"On May 5th of this year 1891, I, Maestro Walter Damrosch, will conduct the inaugural concert of Music Hall with the great composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky!" He said with a grand flourish of his hands.

"Tchaikovsky! That is excellent news. It will be a great coup to have the famous Russian composer for the inaugural concert."

Andrew clapped Walter on his back as he moved towards a decanter set on a table nearby. He quickly poured two drinks and handed one to his friend.

"A toast to the success of the Music Hall and the many contributions to music it will provide in the future."


In 1893, the trustees talked Andrew Carnegie into allowing the use of his name.

This is my entry for LJ Idol: S10 Second Chance, Week 3. The topic this week was “Getting to Carnegie Hall". This is a work of creative fiction using facts about Carnegie Hall.

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Date: 2017-03-24 10:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] i-17bingo.livejournal.com
I like this. I'd always imagined it was Andrew Carnegie's idea to put his name on the hall, but now you have me wondering.

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Date: 2017-03-28 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
The words Music Hall by Andrew Carnegie are still a part of the facade under the marquee. When I read that the board 'persuaded' him to allow the use of his name a couple years later, I was intrigued.

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Date: 2017-03-24 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] d0gs.livejournal.com
i really love what you did with this!

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Date: 2017-03-28 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com

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Date: 2017-03-27 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternal-ot.livejournal.com
Interesting read. Thanks!

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Date: 2017-03-28 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Thanks for reading!

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Date: 2017-03-28 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fodschwazzle.livejournal.com
I am also surprised that he needed to be talked into it. I imagined that most of the magnates of the past looked at self-branding the way someone like Trump does today, but I suppose not. An interesting read!

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Date: 2017-03-28 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kajel.livejournal.com
Apparently, he wrote: "...The amassing of wealth is one of the worse species of idolatry. No idol more debasing than the worship of money." in a memo to himself. I didn't actually discover that until today.

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Date: 2017-03-28 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
I had no idea he didn't want the hall named after him. How interesting!
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