Ned Rorem in Nantucket - 28 November, 1982

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 376:

Is it mere coincidence that later in the day I finally played Schoenberg's Trio Op. 45? The Record's been lying there for years. It's not as though I haven't given him a chance, since I've known Schoenberg for as long as I've know Nightwood, and I've earned the right to ask: Is there a reason to listen to Schoenberg? Does his Trio say anything? Once I wrote that he was a genius without talent (the opposite of Boulez, who has knowledge without the wisdom - but also no talent). I still feel it - though one is not supposed to wonder about the rocks, for Schoenberg's 'fait accompli'.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 376. accessed: 19 June, 2024

location of experience: Nantucket


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

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written by Arnold Schoenberg

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 November, 1982
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:05:49 +0100
Approved on Tue, 26 Jan 2016 15:03:17 +0000