Ned Rorem et al. in Paris - 31 May, 1961

from The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972, page 7:

I arranged for a phonograph and on Wednesday Noël picked me up in a rented Rolls whose chauffeur squired us to the half-block Henri Hell's in the Rue De Beaune. Our honoured host sang my praises as Noël stretched out on the vicuna couch prepared to listen, which he did with the careful intensity of intuitive laymen. We played Design (which he found "modern") and fifteen songs sung by Phyllis Curtin who he said, incredibly, was under consideration for Sail Way. Of the song he was most enthralled by Little Elegy and declared that when I make an opera of Brief Encounter, it must …   more >>

cite as

The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 7. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: Paris


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]
Noël Coward
director, Actor, Composer, Playwright

Listening to

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'Design' for orchestra
written by Ned Rorem
'Little Elegy'
written by Ned Rorem
performed by Phyllis Curtin

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 May, 1961
Medium live, playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:42:47 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:19:51 +0000