Ned Rorem in Yaddo - 28 August, 1963

from 1963, page 67:

Last evening, to alter the pace I sat alone at the marvelous [sic] Steinway in the mansion parlour playing those Debussy Préludes I've known (and faked) for a quarter century. When I stopped, the room was filled with silent people, entranced (so they said) and appreciative. It truly never occurs to me that my pianism gives pleasure to others than me (there's seldom an opportunity), nor do I quite realize that others cannot play for their own pleasure. Yet if my "touch" is satisfaction. communicative, it's because I lack the technique which stands between performer and audience.
cite as

Ned Rorem, 1963. In The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 67. accessed: 21 May, 2024

location of experience: Yaddo


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

Listening to

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unspecified Preludes by Debussy
written by Claude Debussy
performed by Ned Rorem

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 August, 1963
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by iepearson on Tue, 06 Jan 2015 21:03:33 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:26:01 +0000