James Holmes et al. - 5 January, 1975

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 124:

Through sleet to Bank Street last night, with JH and Gustavo, to see Stanley Silverman's new little opera, Hotel for Criminals, which lacks the witty energy of his Elephant Steps. Pastiche and parody are legitimate expressions and can be funny. But this is pastiche of pastiche (the dadism of Buñuel and Clair), and parody of parody (Satie and Weill). Imitation of imitation provides no nourishment; one goes off hungry.

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Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 124. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1433410378604 accessed: 12 July, 2024


James Holmes
Organist, choir conductor, Kapellmeister
Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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Hotel for Criminals
written by Stanley Silverman

Experience Information

Date/Time 5 January, 1975
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Thu, 04 Jun 2015 10:32:58 +0100
Approved on Sun, 17 Jan 2016 00:29:30 +0000