Ned Rorem in USA - 3 July, 1994

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, page 254:

Citizen Kane (or snippets therefrom - like everyone else, I flip channels in my superficial haste and short attention span) remains as fresh, novel, and freezing cold as it was 53 years ago. The only moment to shed a tear is, of course, at the very end, but Bernard Hermann's awful music precludes that. The remarkable and moving revelation of Rosebud, never to be retrieved from the flames, is ruined by the overstated score. 

cite as

Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 254. accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: USA


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

Listening to

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soundtrack to Citizen Kane
written by Bernard Herrmann

Experience Information

Date/Time 3 July, 1994
Medium broadcast
Listening Environment in private, indoors, solitary

Originally submitted by pashworth on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:00:47 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:43:39 +0000