Ned Rorem

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, pages 324-325:

I'm just not a pederast, hating especially solo boy sopranos, with the result that certain otherwise respectable, even beautiful, works become off-limits, nothing but mean shrieks to my ears: Falla's El Retablo, for example or Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. If I can take Britten's Turn of the Screw, it's because the little boy therein is meant to be a monster; in Peter Grimes he never opens his mouth.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 324-325. accessed: 21 June, 2024


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

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Chichester Psalms
written by Leonard Bernstein
El Retablo de Maese Pedro
written by Manuel de Falla
Peter Grimes
written by Benjamin Britten
The Turn of the Screw
written by Benjamin Britten

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Originally submitted by pashworth on Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:39:09 +0100
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 12:09:54 +0000