James Holmes - 11 November, 1983

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 431:

JH, on hearing Lukas Foss's String Quartet (the one Seymour Barab said was how music must sound to a dog), called it "airplane music," meaning music written in a plane en route from there to here. If you don't have time to write a good old sonata, just write whole notes stuffed with fermatas in largo tempos - it will last just as long and cover only one page.
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Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 431. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1435751868989 accessed: 8 December, 2023


James Holmes
Organist, choir conductor, Kapellmeister

Listening to

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String Quartet
written by Lukas Foss

Experience Information

Date/Time 11 November, 1983


Location and transmission medium are unclear.

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 12:57:49 +0100
Approved on Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:20:11 +0000