Ned Rorem


Born in Chicago, Ned Rorem (b. 1923) studied composition at numerous schools, including The Curtis Institute and Juilliard. He studied with and befriended the major composers of the day, including Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson. The ultimate cosmopolitan, Rorem lived in New York, Paris, and Morocco amongst a galaxy of notable artists. He is proficient in all forms of composition from symphonies and concertos to opera and chamber pieces. But his large output of expressive and elegant songs set to very well chosen words are the works for which he is most well known. He has also written many books of diaries and observations filled with his searing and waggish memoirs.