Ned Rorem in University of Utah - 13 January, 1965

from 1966, pages 161-162:

Last night, alone - or so I thought - in a studio in Music Hall, I was reading through the Purcell Fantasias at the piano. Gradually the music grew out of focus. I grew scared, stopped playing, yet sound continued. Wasn't I alone? Stepping into the hallway I heard more clearly what seemed a distant wheezing tuba. I peeked into the concert hall and witnessed this: eight women, each armed with a double bass, were performing unison exercises under the tutelage of a ninth. My ear heard brass. Unexpected sonorities aren't always identifiable: middle-C on the piano, caught and sustained …   more >>
cite as

Ned Rorem, 1966. In The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 161-162. accessed: 18 June, 2024

location of experience: University of Utah


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

Listening to

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unspecified Fantasias by Henry Purcell
written by Henry Purcell
performed by Ned Rorem
unspecified exercises for double bass performed by unspecified music students

Experience Information

Date/Time 13 January, 1965
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:24:39 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:34:52 +0000