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The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem, 1973-1985

By Ned Rorem

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No. good, then right here? No. there's not a notation for the endless second while the guillotine crashes throughout the certain heart of an even-numbered degree. the right center of a 3/4 degree is, in fact, the second one beat itself: however the heart of 4/4 might be situated basically via concocting a compound rhythm: That, raving and befevered, is the inspiration dwelt upon. thirteen November Weekend in Saint Paul, at Saint Catherine’s university, housed in a nunnery; attended a live performance of my tunes. again for Lenny’s Fidelio with Shirley, and then a massive get together at Mendy Wager’s surrealist loft.

It opens with this: “In the motion picture Humoresque whilst Joan Crawford, a trendy dilettante, is requested what tune she likes, she replies easily: ‘Some symphonies, all concertos. ’ Why is the concerto so universally appealing, not only to dilettantes yet to amateurs and connoisseurs in addition to to expert performers of all ages? ” The tape sounded worn and far away and that i felt uncomfortable. Composers listen merely what is going flawed, no longer what is going correct, continuously conscious of the slightest cough, frightened that everyone’s embarrassed and bored.

Writers produce; what else may still they do? That, for instance, Duparc composed purely 16 songs in his lifetime makes him a lesser artist than, for instance, Fauré, who composed the exact same form of songs yet extra of them. informed Joyce that her epistolary account of a composer loved, then menaced, via an nameless fan was once the best tales I knew through an American. She claimed to scarcely recollect it. training Debussy’s Villon Ballades. express back how a lot of Debussy’s strategy for improvement is composed in basic terms of repeating, actually repeating, brief words.

24 October Nadia Boulanger died in Paris the day gone by, on my birthday. stopover at from Michael Di Capua. Then a festive dinner on the Gruens’. back domestic and made a pineapple mousse for today’s lunch simply because Phyllis Bryn-Julson’s coming to rehearse for 5 hours. Insomnia as ordinary. Wallace on the grounds that final summer time has had extra seizures, either frightful to behold. in actual fact it used to be now not a bee that trigger that first convulsion; fairly it kind of feels to be a gentle, average rhythm, like a garden mower or typewriter. JH thinks it stems, with his deafness, from that first aggravating airplane journey in 1974, while the Delta staff at l. a. Guardia left him caged out at the tarmac underneath a screaming jet engine.

JH was once no much less disenchanted than I through those phrases, advising me to reply to: “Fond Claus, I remorse if what i could have stated has been used to wound you. This used to be faraway from the goal of any comments. ” this day this got here: “Not to fret. i used to be relatively choosing on J. Simon instead of you. i'm afraid I regularly discover a reliable tale impossible to resist, and so an excellent many tales have caught to me. i believe it used to be Voltaire who acknowledged mieux perdre un ami qu’un bon mot, and that i guarantee you that you've got now not misplaced … ton ami Claus. ” sixteen April At 10:30 this morning, of all unusual hours, I gave a conversation on the Huntington Hartford Museum to the in general woman linked track lecturers League, then played a batch of my songs with the in charge Roz Rees.

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