Ned Rorem in USA - 12 June, 1989

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, pages 162-163:

Listening to music. Like Fauré, Vaughan William's catalogue is all slow. But if Fauré wrote fast music which was really slow music played fast, Vaughan Williams didn't even pretend to write fast music (i.e., metronomically fast). As for the Oxford Elegy, I have a constitutional allergy to the accompanied spoken voice - to melodrama. Pomposity. If the sung voice is the most musical of instruments, the spoken voice is the least.

cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 162-163. accessed: 13 June, 2024

location of experience: USA


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

Listening to

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music by Vaughan Williams
written by Vaughan Williams

Experience Information

Date/Time 12 June, 1989
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Tue, 21 Jul 2015 10:05:58 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:06:06 +0000