Ned Rorem in Voghera - 1954

from The Paris Diary: Hyères and Italy 1954 and 1955, pages 159-160:

I went swimming at the new glossy pool of which Voghera is proud. As I was moping at the water's edge reflecting in terms of tears and considering this scarily banal vicinity and how love can awe the vocal cords and cause desire to die, as I moped, suddenly a loudspeaker, silent until now, beaming on our drops, without preliminary introduction began to emit the quieter piano music of Satie. Of all things! all times! places! All the music of my babyhood and I was overcome. What's more, the pianist turned out to be Poulenc, Poulenc's recorded fingers trickling out onto the ugly piscine of a town…   more >>
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Ned Rorem, The Paris Diary: Hyères and Italy 1954 and 1955. In The Paris Diary and The New York Diary 1951-1961 (New York, 1998), p. 159-160. accessed: 22 May, 2024

location of experience: Voghera


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

Listening to

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piano music
written by Erik Satie
performed by Francis Poulenc

Experience Information

Date/Time 1954
Medium broadcast, playback
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public


Not sure whether this is broadcast or playback.

Originally submitted by iepearson on Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:25:56 +0100