A Ned Rorem reader

by Rorem, Ned, 1923-2022

Format: Print Book 2001
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML60.R78425 2001
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML60.R78425 2001
Ned Rorem, composer and writer, is both a gifted memoirist and one of our most acerbic cultural commentators. This anthology of his musings on music, people, and life surveys the full range of his literary achievement and reflects the evolution of his sensibilities.

The first part of the book is devoted to writing of an autobiographical nature, including ruminations on being alone and on becoming a composer. The second part focuses on music and individuals from Bart??k and Ravel to Edith Piaf and the Beatles. The final part consists of portraits and memorials of such figures as Martha Graham, Paul Bowles, Marc Blitzstein, Frank O'Hara, Allen Ginsberg, and Truman Capote. The book also includes a lengthy conversation on the art of the diary.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Rorem is an accomplished artist in two realms, music and literature, in the latter as a diarist as well as an essayist on music. He scandalized America with The Paris Diary (1966) and continued to in several more tell-all diaries focused on intimate encounters with the rich, famous, and beautiful. In Lies (2000), however, he poignantly reflected on his dying lover and many friends who have succumbed to AIDS. This book excerpts the supposed best from the diaries and Lies and re-presents it in three topical sections on the art of the diary, music, and death and acquaintances who have died. The departed he writes about include both people he loved--among them, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and Frank O'Hara--and some he disliked, such as Truman Capote. Lacking the shock value of some of the books from which it draws, this reader offers instead a touching self-portrait in words that artfully highlights Rorem's writing and thought. --Michael Spinella"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Music -- History and criticism.
Publisher New Haven :Yale University Press,2001
Language English
Description xxiv, 287 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0300089848 (alk. paper)
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