Ned Rorem in USA - 14 May, 1989

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, pages 159-160:

After supper, we gaze at a segment of 60 minutes featuring three examples of idiot savant... The third, not only retarded but blind, is a pianist. He just began playing one night, on that untuned upright of this foster parents rendering Tchaikovsky's First Concerto. Whatever does it come from? marvels the interviewer. "It's becuase I'm a musician," explains the savant. To "test" this talent, the interviewer plaus for him - and for us - the opening of Debussy's Soirée dans Grenade, which the savant immendiately replays on his upright. The replay, which…   more >>

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Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 159-160. accessed: 23 February, 2024

location of experience: USA


Ned Rorem
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Soirée dans Grenade
written by Claude Debussy

Experience Information

Date/Time 14 May, 1989
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:50:59 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:04:16 +0000