Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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William Blake's 'Los,' from the poet and artist's mythological work. Ned Rorem sets words from Blake's 'Proverbs of Hell' within his song cycle 'Aftermath.' Wikimedia hide caption

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Deceptive Cadence

Ned Rorem's 'Aftermath': Mingling Sept. 11 With Personal Sorrow

A song cycle pleading for peace and mourning lost love — and the one piece Rorem claims he would like to be remembered by.

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