Ned Rorem

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 109:

Awakened with, still flowing through remembered dreams, Debussy's ever-friendly Trio Sonata. The first movement unmistakably represents quails mating. In these four measures preceding (1) and the severn preceding (5) a female flute preens serenely among flecks of grain in the gravel, while the stupid male viola struts, roughing his ruff. An that harp? Well, the harp's the garden path up and down which they walk making patterns for Amy Lowell whom I've not thought of in decades, but mightn't she have composed those verses during the very months Debussy composed his?

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Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 109. accessed: 13 June, 2024


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

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Trio Sonata
written by Claude Debussy

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Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors, in public, solitary


Unclear as to whether this is a 'real-time' listening experience or merely remembered. Medium unclear, and entry sans date.

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 03 Jun 2015 23:38:32 +0100
Approved on Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:23:34 +0000