Ned Rorem in New York - 24 February, 1984

from The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, page 452:

The single song that I never tire of practising isn't one of mine, but Debussy's Je tremble en volant ton visage. I am undone not merely by the perfection of each measure (if not phrase is 'de trop', or misplaced, or slightly, atilt harmonically, perfection is still a cultivated and minor virtue, not indispensable to grandeur), but by the melting inspiration of every note.

cite as

Ned Rorem, The Nantucket Diary of Ned Rorem 1973-1985, volume 2 (San Francisco, 1987), p. 452. accessed: 3 March, 2024

location of experience: New York


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

Listening to

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Je tremble en voyant ton visage
written by Claude Debussy
performed by Ned Rorem

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 February, 1984
Medium live
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:13:56 +0100
Approved on Thu, 28 Jan 2016 13:54:05 +0000