Started by Mirror Image, January 08, 2011, 08:46:37 PM
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Quote from: Cato on February 08, 2013, 08:38:18 AMWow! Hard to believe that Ned Rorem, whose image on records in the 1960's always seemed to involve a black turtle-neck sweater, will be 90 this year! I gave his music a chance back then, and just found little to nothing there for me: however, I do recall critics back then saying that his songs were exquisite.
Quote from: Mirror Image on February 08, 2013, 05:15:53 PMYes, he's more known for his songs than anything else in his oeuvre. I revisited the symphonies a week or so ago and found them to be pretty good, but nothing really unique or different about them for me to give them another listen any time soon. I've had better luck with his concerti though.
Quote from: snyprrr on February 09, 2013, 06:40:16 AMok, so you like the Concertos better? Violin, Violin & Cello,... what do you recommend. The VC was also on DG.
Quote from: snyprrr on February 05, 2013, 07:32:55 PMAfter,... uh..., exhaustive study,... I found these recordings interesting and cheap:Piano Concerto for the Left-Hand (NewWorld)Symphony for Strings/Eagles (NewWorld)Winter Pages/Bright Music (NewWorld)I look forward to hearing them. I also noticed that the entire Rorem/Naxos catalog was already in a Box! He's got quite a little bit of Orchestral Music there.So, I'm wondering about these works:1) works for Violin+Piano2) The 3 Piano Trios (including the Beaux Arts performance)3) Piano Music (3 Sonatas, Barcarolle,...)
Quote from: cilgwyn on February 11, 2013, 02:57:20 AMThat was my reaction! Not bad,but a bit a bland.As to the black turtle-neck sweater! Better him than me!!
Quote from: snyprrr on February 11, 2013, 07:12:04 AMI like the three cds I got. Kind of anonymously Modern, but in a good, listenable way. Very clean. If I need something not too much, this will do.I think the Symphony for Strings was the biggest piece here, and it sounds like a lot of other Modern String Symphonies, with Shaw and Atlanta, so, it's quite pleasing in its own way.oy... I'm not awake here...
Quote from: Rons_talking on March 21, 2016, 09:25:16 AMPerhaps they were simply composed too late, but during those decades where people were lamenting the loss of lyricism and tonality in modern music (by the late 50s Stravinsky, Copland, Schuman, Piston and even Diamond had gone largely atonal) it would seem these works deserved to be heard.
Quote from: Scion7 on March 21, 2016, 12:43:05 PMOk, spooky movie similarities aside, and setting aside the vocal music, he's composed more than a clump of instrumental pieces - I will look into this guy, as I have never even heard of him before.Though he is best known as a composer of songs, it was an orchestral suite, Air Music (1974), that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976. His many orchestral works are distinguished by timbral exploration, rhythmic inventiveness and harmonic richness. The Piano Concerto for Left Hand and Orchestra (1993) is notable for its structural ingenuity. The work's eight movements include an opening and closing passacaglia interspersed with a tarantella, hymn, duet, vignette and medley, fashioned into three larger sections. -- The Grove***ORCHESTRAL***Concertino da camera, hpd, 7 insts, 1946; Pf Conc. no.1, 1948, withdrawn; Pf Conc. no.2, 1950; Sym. no.1, 1950; Design, 1953; Sym. no.2, 1956; Sinfonia, sym. wind orch, 1957; Sym. no.3, 1957–8; Eagles, 1958; Pilgrims, str, 1958; Ideas, 1961; Lions, 1963; Water Music, cl, vn, orch, 1966; Pf Conc. in 6 Movts, 1969; Solemn Prelude, brass, 1973; Air Music, 1974; Assembly and Fall, 1975; Sunday Morning, 1977; Remembering Tommy, vc, pf, orch, 1979; Vn Conc., 1984; Org Conc., 1985; Str Sym., 1985; Frolic (Fanfare), orch, 1986; Fantasy and Polka, 1988; Quaker Reader, orch, 1988; Eng Hn Conc., 1992; Triptych, chbr orch, 1992; Pf Conc. no.4, left hand, orch, 1993; Double Conc., vn, vc, orch, 1998***CHAMBER MUSIC***Str Qt no.1, 1947, withdrawn; Mountain Song, fl/ob/vn/vc, pf, 1949; Sonata, vn, pf, 1949; Str Qt no.2, 1950; 11 Studies for 11 Players, 1959–60; Trio, fl, vc, pf, 1960; Lovers, ob, vc, perc, hpd, 1964; Day Music, vn, pf, 1971; Night Music, vn, pf, 1972; Book of Hours, fl, hp, 1975; Sky Music, hp, 1976; Romeo and Juliet, fl, gui, 1977; 3 Slow Pieces, vc, pf, 1978; After Reading Shakespeare, vc, 1980; Suite, gui, 1980; Winter Pages, cl, bn, pf, vn, vc, 1981; Dances, vc, pf, 1983; Picnic on the Marne, waltzes, sax, pf, 1983; End of Summer: Remembrance of Things Past, cl, vn, pf, 1985; Septet 'Scenes from Childhood', ob, hn, str qt, pf, 1985; Trio, cl, bn, pf, 1985; Bright Music, fl, 2 vn, vc, pf, 1988; Praising Charles: Fanfare and Flourish, brass, org, 1988; Diversions, hn, 2 tpt, trbn, tuba, 1989; Spring Music, vn, vc, pf, 1991; Str Qt no.3, 1991; Str Qt, no.4, 1995; An Oboe Book, 9 pieces, ob, pf, 1999***KEYBOARD*** A Quiet Afternoon, pf, 1948; Pf Sonata no.1, 1948; Toccata, pf, 1948 [Pf Sonata no.1, 4th movt]; Barcarolles, pf, 1949; Pastorale, org, 1949 [transcr. Sym. no.1, 2nd movt]; Pf Sonata no.2, 1949; Sicilienne, 2 pf, 1950; Pf Sonata no.3, 1954; Slow Waltz, pf, 1956; Spiders, hpd, 1968; 8 Etudes, pf, 1975; A Quaker Reader, org, 1976; Views form the Oldest House, suite, org, 1981; Song & Dance, pf, 1986; For Shirley, pf 4 hands, 1989; Organbook I–III, 1989–90; Fantasy and Toccata, org, 1994; 6 Variations, 2 pf, 1995
Quote from: snyprrr on March 27, 2016, 03:01:20 PMKeep us abreast of your growing disappointment!
Quote from: Rons_talking on November 21, 2022, 02:39:32 AMHe also wrote other composer's music beautifully.
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