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The Paris Diary & The New York Diary 1951-1961 Paperback – March 22, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 1st Da Capo Press ed edition (March 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306808382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306808388
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Composer Ned Rorem has an exquisite way with a song, distilling musical essences to provide miniature masterpieces that linger in listeners' minds. He is also, as these diaries prove, a facile, if somewhat undisciplined, writer. And someone mired in self-absorption. At the time Rorem wrote his diaries, he was distinctly callow and obsessed with being "pretty"; yet the picture that emerges of him in his youth is not entirely attractive. The book will be of interest to those who are curious about the lives of significant composers, both for the small insights that he shares about his composition process and for the details of his life and the circumstances under which he wrote his music. His vividly sketched picture of gay life more than a generation ago widens the audience of this book. --Sarah Bryan Miller

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Ned Rorem has created a body of work that includes four symphonies, four piano concertos, nine operas, and fourteen books. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his orchestral suite Air Music. He divides his time between New York City and Nantucket.

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Herrera on October 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
I came about Rorem 'round about-ly -through videos of interviews and liner note snippets - and was greatly intrigued by his blatantly keen mind. While learning the music, I put the 'word' into it all and it plunged me even deeper. Between his impish candor and spotless observation one experiences a fine chunk of a true artistic pursuit. Also, his reflections on the two worlds of Paris and New York and the creative flora and fauna therein are priceless.
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1 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David S. Carroll on January 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
Clean, as described. Delivery within ok time.
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