Ned Rorem in Marseille - in the beginning of the 1950's

from 1964, page 112:

If I lean far out of the window I can see the Countess on her private terrace each dawn. She stands and sit en négligé, nervous and ungraceful, answering her mail as she fills a giant tumbler with slugs of Noilly Prat. From eleven to eleven-thirty she vocalizes, and practices scales on her violin, which sounds I remember hearing with fascination fourteen years ago when she was maybe sixty (it was she was first "sang" for me Poulenc's Le Disparu). Sympathique. She loves, needs music, even if undiscerningly. But who'd have believed that Lily tippled? She who for ages kept Boris Kochno on a …   more >>
cite as

Ned Rorem, 1964. In The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 112. accessed: 18 June, 2024

location of experience: Marseille


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

Listening to

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'Le Disparu'
written by Francis Poulenc
performed by Countess Lily Pastré (a.k.a. Marie-Louise Double de Saint-Lambert

Experience Information

Date/Time in the beginning of the 1950's
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, outdoors, solitary

Originally submitted by iepearson on Thu, 08 Jan 2015 21:31:46 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:29:54 +0000