Setting the Tone

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 subjectsa€”from the lives of the famous and infamous to popular culture to the state of contemporary arta€”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 Rorema€™s ongoing diary, offering readers a vivid and enlightening view of Rorema€™s world along with an honest portrait of the author himself. Whether hea€™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.Essays and a Diary Ned Rorem ... If my house were on fire and I could take only three records, they would all be La#39;Enfant et les sortilea#39;ges, the most beautiful music ever written. Yes, PellAcas and Sacre and Wozzeck, when I first ... It became the one work which most overtly influenced my own, and which, in some far corner of my being, I have listened to every day of my life. I grew up among scattered partsanbsp;...

Title:Setting the Tone
Author: Ned Rorem
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2013-06-18

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