Ned Rorem - 29 July, 1973
from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 34:
"Book Music" (Notes for an essay on non-musicians who write about Music): In is powerful and now-famous story "Patriotism", Yukio Mishima (like René Crevel in France forty years earlier) preview his own suicide. In the film version made by the author, he considerably weakened (and inadvertently insulted) this detailed act by overlaying it with a soundtrack of the Love-Death from Tristan und Isolde. It can't be proved, but probably Mishima's choice of this sumptuous score to illustrate his stark subject was because of Wagner's title rather than his music.
Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 34. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433364711434 accessed: 6 December, 2022
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Tristan und Isolde
written by Richard Wagner
|Date/Time||29 July, 1973|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public, solitary|
Soundtrack to a film.