Ned Rorem - 10 November, 1977

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 192:

Back from a labored rendition of Satie's Socrate at the new Beacon, where Calder's irrelevant decor stole the show crassly. It's not that I mind a lousy performance in itself (most performances of most things are lousy and one ends up not going); but when the highly literary though non-musical public (Sontag et alia) is hearing this piece for the first time, judging it solely through the rendition, then storing it away among avant-garde masterpieces now known, why do they feel unsatisfied? I take more pleasure in mu own crude renditions, since my imagination fills in the gaps.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 192. accessed: 29 February, 2024


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

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written by Erik Satie

Experience Information

Date/Time 10 November, 1977
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Thu, 04 Jun 2015 23:06:11 +0100
Approved on Wed, 20 Jan 2016 10:36:59 +0000