James Holmes et al. in a trip from New Haven to Hyannis - 26 October, 1992

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, page 232:

Betwixt new Haven and Hyannis yesterday on the car radio (the classical music station from Hartford  is superior to any in Manhattan) we played the usual guessing games to keep us awake at the wheel... Overhearing a swooning in medias res we ask, What's this? It's endless enough to be Mahler, but not neurotic enough. Probably Bruckner. But when the diretionless self-indulgence, without climax, without invention, but with annoying familiarity merged into the last movement, we suddenly recognized Beethoven's Ninth.

cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 232. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1437641920115 accessed: 14 June, 2024

location of experience: a trip from New Haven to Hyannis


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

Listening to

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Ninth Symphony
written by Beethoven

Experience Information

Date/Time 26 October, 1992
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors

Originally submitted by pashworth on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:58:40 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:36:03 +0000