Ned Rorem in New York City - 23 April, 1978

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 10:

Spent the afternoon listening to Eugene practice his Debussy group. Those French waters washed me back to Lake Michigan's adolescent waves, waves which were La Mer in 1937, and swept me then to Vuillardian parlors where, musically submerged in vin rouge and fumes of Camembert, the composer composed Khamma. But it can be summoned clear as a snapshot of the Parc Monceau, and the sound of a series of secondary sevenths is enough for the snapshot to smell of almond leaves.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 10. accessed: 6 December, 2023

location of experience: New York City


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

Listening to

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Debussy rehearsal
written by Claude Debussy

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 April, 1978
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:57:36 +0100
Approved on Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:22:55 +0000