Ned Rorem in New York City - 13 February, 1970

from The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972, pages 317-318:

A performance can also resemble its title, as was the case last night with "Music by Women Composers”—though this may not be the historic moment to say it with tact. The music, presided over by a blue-haired dowager, turned out to be placid sonatinas and settings of haiku. If the Whitney's current show of Women painters asks to be judged on merit regardless of sex, the same could not be done for this concert: a blind man would hear this as Ladies' Music, an epithet understandably disgusting to serious composers who happen to be female.

cite as

The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 317-318. accessed: 22 May, 2024

location of experience: New York City


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

Listening to

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unspecified music by women composers

Experience Information

Date/Time 13 February, 1970
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Sun, 18 Jan 2015 16:10:39 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:35:31 +0000