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Composer Ned Rorem in 1953 in Paris, where he lived for nearly a decade and wrote his infamous Paris Diary.
Courtesy of the artist
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.
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.'
September 8, 2011 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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From Kentucky to Carnegie Hall: the musicians on their way to their New York debut, 1950.
courtesy of the Louisville Orchestra
May 25, 2011 A new documentary tells the amazing story of Louisville, Kentucky, where new music was the catalyst for a city's resurgence.
Along with his skills as a writer and composer, Ned Rorem also has a talent for cooking.
courtesy of Ira Braus
November 22, 2010 The intrepid American composer and author has spent a lot of time in Paris. Perhaps that's where he discovered the recipe for clafouti aux cerises, the traditional country dessert from the Limousin region of France.
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