Ned Rorem in Nantucket - 3 January, 1988

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, page 111:

A half-hour with tapes of Leslie Bassett. The three pieces seem directionless. I keep waiting for IT to happen - IT being generally a point of theatricality, but in this case a moment of reflection amidst the fustian. Festooned with bombastic percussion, it's all decoration (as distinct from decorative), loud remplissage with no melodic distinction amongst those augmented triad chords.

cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 111. accessed: 17 June, 2024

location of experience: Nantucket


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

Listening to

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music by Leslie Bassett
written by Leslie Bassett

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 January, 1988
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Thu, 09 Jul 2015 17:05:17 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 00:15:40 +0000