James Holmes et al. in New York - 24 April, 1990

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, page 194:

Listened with JH and Donald Collup to Argento's The Water Bird Talk, and hour-long solo turn by Collup himself. Argento's language by its nature demands tunefulness, for me he is harmonically sparse and tonal (if instrumentally rich). But do I remember a thing about his music form year to year? He is afraid to take a chance, a chance with a tune perhaps for fear the tune will prove tacky.

cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 194. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1437564128816 accessed: 3 December, 2023

location of experience: New York


James Holmes
Organist, choir conductor, Kapellmeister
Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

Listening to

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The Water Bird Talk
written by Dominick Argento
performed by Donald Collup

Experience Information

Date/Time 24 April, 1990
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by pashworth on Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:22:09 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 14:33:57 +0000