Ned Rorem in Paris - 1954

from The Paris Diary: Paris 1954, pages 148-149:

Last week Poulenc invited me for our bimonthly tête-à-tête che lui so that we could play what we've each been writing, and drink some dubious-tasting lemon tea with the middle-aged French take for their crises de foie. Francis (qui me tutoie and who calls me mon enfant) never fails to amaze me when he speaks of how magnificient his own music is. It wouldn't occur to me to speak of my particular musical tricks or miracles for fear of boring people, let I readily talk of how luscious my skin is... He was in a typical swoon over my choral songs From an Unknown Past and, preferring it to my …   more >>
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Ned Rorem, The Paris Diary: Paris 1954. In The Paris Diary and The New York Diary 1951-1961 (New York, 1998), p. 148-149. accessed: 11 December, 2023

location of experience: Paris


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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'From an Unknown Past'
written by Ned Rorem
performed by Ned Rorem

Experience Information

Date/Time 1954
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:09:34 +0100