Ned Rorem in Hunter College - 31 October, 1968

from The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972, pages 255-256:

To call a piece boring is unprofessional, for it expresses reaction rather than opinion, and does not being to suggest appraisal. Yet last night the sole element of Larry Austin's piece that I could drawn forth and retain was boredom. I suspect the boredom was organic to the work (although unwilled by Austin) and not some chemical response meanly manufactured by me. Now willed boredom, like Warhol's or Cage's or Stein's, or like the hypnotic repetitions of African musics which entrance and alter us, is okay. It's not for me, but it works. I'm not persuaded that Larry Austin knew what he was…   more >>

cite as

The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 255-256. accessed: 10 December, 2023

location of experience: Hunter College


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

Listening to

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unspecified music
written by Larry Austin

Experience Information

Date/Time 31 October, 1968
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:08:58 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:24:37 +0000