Ned Rorem in New York City - between late March, 1990 and early April, 1990

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, page 192:

Having attended both David Del Tredici's Steps (world premiere by Philharmonic) and David Diamond's 1965 Fifth Symphony (the Juilliard Orchestra) this past fortnight, I'd say that Diamond's music is dramatic but not theatrical while DDT's is theatrical but not dramatic. DD's seethes with portentous content skillfully worked through but without color for color's sake, while DDT's is shy of content but gaudy to a fault.

Drama without theatre. Theatre without drama. Britten, at his best, has both. 

cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 192. accessed: 18 July, 2024

location of experience: New York City


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

Listening to

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Fifth Symphony
written by David Diamond
performed by Juilliard Orchestra
written by David Del Tredici
performed by New York Philharmonic

Experience Information

Date/Time between late March, 1990 and early April, 1990
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:10:34 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:32:07 +0000