Ned Rorem

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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.

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davidcontemusic
davidcontemusic

I've been lucky to be friends with Ned since 1987.  He has been a generous and supportive mentor, but above all, his music has been an inspiration to me.  I share Poulenc's high opinion particularly of Ned's orchestral music, which is regrettably less well known than his vocal music.  His Third Symphony is for me one of the half-dozen best symphonies composed by an American.  

PhilipWilder
PhilipWilder

I really enjoyed Ned Rorem’s contribution to the DVD of “Music Makes a City”. I was quickly reminded of the first recording project of my 13-year career with the vocal ensemble Chanticleer. The CD was named “With a Poet’s Eye”, and included a list of fiendishly difficult new works, not the least of which was Rorem’s “Pilgrim Strangers”, a 20-minute virtuosic a cappella setting of excerpts from Walt Whitman’s Civil War ramblings “Specimen Days”.   The recording sessions were brutal in their difficulty and meticulously produced by the Grammy Award-winning Steve Barnett. 23 years later, I’m still most proud of this recording project above all others!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chanticleer-with-a-poets-eye/id436483247