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Setting the Tone

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A sterling collection of essays, commentary, reviews, and personal recollections on art, love, and the musical life, from Ned Rorem, award-winning composer and author extraordinaire
Ned Rorem, the acclaimed American composer and writer, displays his incisive, sometimes outrageous genius for artistic critique and social commentary with a grand flourish in this engaging collection of essays and diary entries. Fearlessly offering opinions on a wealth of subjects-from the lives of the famous and infamous to popular culture to the state of contemporary art-Rorem proves once again that he is an artist who tells unforgettable stories not only through music, but with a pen, as well.
Setting the Tone gathers together essays and commentary previously published elsewhere and combines them with pages from Rorem's ongoing diary, offering readers a vivid and enlightening view of Rorem's world along with an honest portrait of the author himself. Whether he's lambasting critics and former friends and acquaintances, vivisecting opera, or presenting his views on theater, film, books, or composers and their music, Rorem is ingenious, incorrigible, and madly entertaining.


Ned Rorem is one of the most accomplished and prolific composers of art songs in the world. Drawing on a wide range of poetry and prose as inspiration, his sources have included works by Walt Whitman, W. H. Auden, Paul Goodman, Frank O'Hara, Gertrude Stein, Adrienne Rich, John Ashbery, and Paul Monette. In 1976, Rorem received the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his orchestral work Air Music. His prodigious literary accomplishments include the publication of thirteen books, nine of which were released as ebooks by Open Road Media in the summer of 2013. Rorem lives in New York City.


  • Cover Page
  • Dedication
  • Prologue
    • The Piano in My Life
    • Of Vanity
    • Being Ready
    • Paris in the Spring
    • Nantucket Diary, 1974
    • On Edmund White's States of Desire
    • Setting the Tone
    • Being Alone
    • Women in Music
    • Misia
    • Remembering Janet
    • Cosima Wagner's Diaries
    • Boulanger as Teacher
    • Thomson as Teacher
    • Messiaen and Carter on Their Birthdays
    • When Paul Jacobs Plays Debussy
    • Thinking of Ben
    • Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Boulez
    • Cocteau and Music
    • Vera Stravinsky's and Robert Craft's Stravinsky in Pictures and Documents
    • Stravinsky at 100
    • An Auden
    • Courageous Coward
    • Shaw: The Great Composers
    • Teaching and Performance
    • The American Art Song
    • More Notes on Song
    • Fauré's Songs
    • The Mélisande Notebook
    • Fauré and Debussy
    • Considering Carmen
    • Notes on a French Bias
    • A Triptych Notebook: Reactions to the Theater Pieces of Ravel, Poulenc and Satie
    • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Critic
    • Writing Songs
    • Song and Singer
    • Listening and Hearing
    • Composer and Performance
    • Arthur Honegger
    • The Beatles
    • The Avant-Garde as Démodé
    • Around Satie's Socrate
    • Paul Bowles
    • Remembering a Poet
    • Remembering Green
  • About the Author
  • Index
  • Copyright Page


Titel: Setting the Tone
Untertitel: Essays and a Diary
EAN: 9781480427747
ISBN: 978-1-4804-2774-7
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Open Road Media
Herausgeber: Open Road Integrated Media
Genre: Biographien
Veröffentlichung: 18.06.2013
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Wasserzeichen
Dateigrösse: 1.48 MB
Anzahl Seiten: 383
Jahr: 2013