Ned Rorem in Merkin Concert Hall - 23 October, 1986

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, pages 38-39:

Miriam Gideon, seventeen years older than I to the hour, gave us her music at Merkin Hall. The new little Piano Sonata, pleasantly played by Sahan Arzuni, was a novel delight. But the aesthetic of her vocal music so goes against my own (gratuitous repetition of words and verses, undifferentiated tone from song to song, gimmicky switching from language to language within one song, and the offensive new translation of Saint Paul's letter to the Corinthians, where "charity" smarmily is mistranslated as "love"), so put me off that I couldn't hear the music.
cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 38-39. accessed: 3 June, 2023

location of experience: Merkin Concert Hall


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

Listening to

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Piano Sonata
written by Miriam Gideon
performed by ┼×ahan Arzruni

Experience Information

Date/Time 23 October, 1986
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:38:03 +0100
Approved on Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:50:13 +0000