Ned Rorem

from 1966, page 175:

Does Milton Babbitt like listening to his own music? Ravel now, and even Billie Holiday, leave me indifferent. Yet performers - at least classical ones - remain the same, keeping up their enthusiasm, year after year, for the few old chestnuts. John Browning, Gary Graffman, back in the days when we all Had Time, played to me alone for hours as I sipped vodka martinis; they needed no booze to enhance a manifest ecstasy in controlling that winged horse (the grand piano, a tree skinned alive and lacquered), an ecstasy provoked by other people's music.
cite as

Ned Rorem, 1966. In The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 175. accessed: 17 October, 2021


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

Listening to

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unspecified piano music
written by Olivier Messiaen
performed by Gary Graffman, John Browning

Experience Information

Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


No date or time given for these experiences.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Fri, 09 Jan 2015 19:53:33 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 11:52:58 +0000