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Rorem, Ned 1923-

Works: 1,425 works in 3,160 publications in 4 languages and 50,921 library holdings
Genres: Diaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Musical settings  Records and correspondence  Song cycles  Songs with piano  Manuscripts  Scores 
Roles: Author, Instrumentalist, Composer, Arranger, Performer, Interviewee, Other, Author of introduction, Commentator, Collector, Narrator, Speaker, Lyricist, Dedicator
Classifications: ML410.R693, B
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Most widely held works by Ned Rorem
Songs of Ned Rorem by Ned Rorem( Recording )

25 editions published between 1964 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 1,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The difficulty of being by Jean Cocteau( Book )

4 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reminiscences by one of the seminal figures in 20th century literature and art, including sketches of Proust, Picasso, Gide and Nijinsky
Settling the score : essays on music by Ned Rorem( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and held by 656 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ned Rorem explores the state of contemporary classical music in a magnificent collection of personally selected essays and critiques of masterworks, lesser works, and their legendary creatorsPulitzer Prize-winner Ned Rorem's musical compositions are considered some of the finest produced in the past century. His literary works have been hailed as scintillating (Time magazine) and extraordinary (the Washington Post). Rorem's remarkable twin talents are brilliantly intertwined in Settling the Score, a masterful collection of essays on music, composers, and the state of the art. Selected by Rorem himself, these enthralling and provocative pieces examine the works of the great and (in the author's lively, unabashed opinion) the not-so-great masters of twentieth-century classical music--Debussy, Ravel, Copland, Gershwin, Barber, Cage, Bernstein, Britten, Stravinsky, and others. With keen precision, he dissects the so-called serious music of our time while predicting where the form is bound in the future. Never lacking in intelligence or wit, each essay in Settling the score sings in a voice that is clear and true
Music and people by Ned Rorem( Book )

8 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in English and Portuguese and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publ. musical compositions by Ned Rorem p. 235-242
Pure contraption; a composer's essays by Ned Rorem( Book )

6 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 611 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ned Rorem by Ned Rorem( Recording )

9 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 604 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical affairs : a composer's journal by Ned Rorem( Book )

9 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in English and held by 531 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed composer Ned Rorem delights and provokes with a fearless collection of vivid memories, critiques, and musings on life, music, and his world. Pulitzer Prize winning American composer Ned Rorem has been lauded for his art songs, symphonies, operas, and other orchestral works. With Critical Affairs, as with his other literary works, the great maestro once again demonstrates that he is a master of words as well as music. Critical Affairs opens a window into the brilliant mind of a multi-talented artist and acute observer of the world around him. Rorem is fearless--sometimes shameless--in critiques of his contemporaries and their work. He gives glowing praise to those who merit it and tears down those he feels do not with a sharp and cunning wit. His remembrances of past challenges and conquests, both artistic and sexual, alternately scandalize and mesmerize, and his thoughts on everything from Walt Whitman to rock music carry weight and substance. Through it all, the author retains his unique charm and grace, whether he's confidently confessing a shocking personal indiscretion or remembering with lyrical fondness a late musical giant who helped to shape his extraordinary career
Music from inside out by Ned Rorem( Book )

6 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 506 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

String symphony Sunday morning ; Eagles by Ned Rorem( Recording )

13 editions published between 1988 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Song album by Ned Rorem( )

29 editions published between 1980 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three symphonies by Ned Rorem( Recording )

10 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems of love and the rain [song cycle (1962-63)] Second piano sonata (1949) by Ned Rorem( Recording )

8 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Songs of Samuel Barber and Ned Rorem by Samuel Barber( Recording )

11 editions published between 1978 and 2003 in 3 languages and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected songs by Ned Rorem( )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

50 collected songs by Ned Rorem( )

19 editions published in 2008 in 3 languages and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

14 songs on American poetry : voice and piano by Ned Rorem( )

22 editions published between 1958 and 1973 in 3 languages and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Ned Rorem reader by Ned Rorem( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ned Rorem, composer and writer, is both a gifted memoirist and one of our most acerbic cultural commentators. This anthology of his musings on music, people, and life surveys the full range of his literary achievement and reflects the evolution of his sensibilities."--Jacket
Other entertainment : collected pieces by Ned Rorem( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a musician who is also a writer, Ned Rorem claims that some years ago the IRS, at a loss as to how to pigeonhole him for their purposes, settled on the designation of "Other Entertainment" when noting the source of his livelihood. Thus the title of this fourteenth book by a composer who has been universally acclaimed for his prose, and a writer who has won a Pulitzer Prize for his music. He goes beyond music in this collection, however, reaching in some instances even beyond "entertainment." These essays examine in depth such contrasting human subjects as Billie Holiday and Arnold Schoenberg, Lillian Hellman and Kazuo Ishiguro, Benjamin Britten and Josephine Baker, Noel Coward and Marguerite Duras, Joe Orton and Jean Cocteau. And in addition to the reviews, profiles, tributes, and even obituaries, there are dialogues with critic John Simon and with physician Lawrence Mass that center on homosexuality, as it obtains both in the arts and in general conversation. Two pieces about new American opera, and one on the old chestnut Carmen, demonstrate yet again Ned Rorem's informed wit on a subject near to his heart. Even nearer his heart are portraits of cherished colleagues Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Virgil Thomson, plus snapshots of still more friends and idols, from Debussy, Ravel, and Sarah Orne Jewett to Myrna Loy, Libby Holman, and Jane Bowles. Finally Rorem paints very personal and impressionistic landscapes of the artists' colony Yaddo, of Carnegie Hall, and of Nantucket island
Winter pages ; Bright music by Ned Rorem( Recording )

7 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

End of summer Book of hours ; Bright music by Ned Rorem( )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A Ned Rorem readerOther entertainment : collected piecesLies : a diary, 1986-1999The Paris and New York diaries of Ned Rorem, 1951-1961The later diaries of Ned Rorem, 1961-1972Facing the night : a diary (1999-2005) and musical writingsWings of friendship : selected letters, 1944-2003