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 itoggle caption Courtesy of the artist Deceptive Cadence Get To Know Ned Rorem, Now That He's 90 October 23, 2013 Composer and author Ned Rorem turns 90 today. Why isn't there more celebrating? In the meantime, however, here's an introduction to this essential, brilliant and more than occasionally irascible American artist. Hear some of the instantly appealing songs that have helped to cement his reputation.