Ned Rorem in New York City - 26 April, 1972

from The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972, pages 395-396:

We have just given a memorial concert: recent setting by seven composers of Frank O'Hara who died six years ago. The setting were all unsuccessful though not because they were commissioned for the occasion (despite the obvious conclusion that if these composers were not moved to use O'Hara living, then why O'Hara dead?). They were unsuccessful because of the uncertain distance between the poetry's composition and the music's. O'Hara's poems are far enough away to be experienced as the past, yet too close to be convincingly embellished by the present. The poems are 1960s, their music is …   more >>

cite as

The Later Diaries of Ned Rorem 1961-1972 (San Francisco, ), p. 395-396. accessed: 9 August, 2022

location of experience: New York City


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

Listening to

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unspecified songs to texts by Frank O'Hara

Experience Information

Date/Time 26 April, 1972
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by iepearson on Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:55:11 +0000
Approved on Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:02:16 +0000