Ned Rorem in Merkin Concert Hall - 14 September, 1986

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, page 33:

Eight-hour marathon, called American in Paris, yesterday at Merkin Hall to honor Virgil's pending ninetieth birthday. Will & I performed Banalités (which I've been playing beautifully since before Will was in diapers, but which he said I "rushed"), two songs of mine (including "Early in the Morning", appropriately, which Crutchfield calls my "best song", but which, of course, isn't), and two by Virgil (including "The Little Black Boy," in his best hand-crossing antimacassar style, on Blake's vaguely racist verses, during which a Negro in the front row arose and walked out).

cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 33. accessed: 27 May, 2024

location of experience: Merkin Concert Hall


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

Listening to

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written by Francis Poulenc
performed by William Parker, Ned Rorem
Early in the Morning
written by Ned Rorem
performed by William Parker, Ned Rorem
The Little Black Boy
written by Virgil Thomson
performed by William Parker, Ned Rorem

Experience Information

Date/Time 14 September, 1986
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:24:42 +0100
Approved on Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:45:54 +0000