Ned Rorem in New York - 12 January, 1984

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 445:

Leontyne gave the traditional run-through of her "new" program last night chez elle, as she does biannually, and now at 57 she is no less a fountain of purest silver than thirty years ago. Sitting in that small green parlor and hearing the notes pour forth, one wonders, is that sound there within her, like the web within the spider, when she is not spinning it forth? But one may as well wonder if the composer's work is in him when he's not working. Leontyne's choice of my song Snake is wrong for her and unrepresentative - all by itself - of me, but one doesn't say that to a diva.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 445. accessed: 15 April, 2024

location of experience: New York


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

Listening to

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written by Ned Rorem
performed by Leontyne Price

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 January, 1984
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:27:15 +0100
Approved on Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:46:01 +0000