By Ned Rorem
A powerful choice of essays, evaluations, and reflections on lifestyles, tradition, paintings, love, and music—always lyrical, witty, and openly provocative—from some of the most acclaimed modern American composersTime journal has known as Ned Rorem the world's most sensible composer of artwork songs. yet his genius doesn't lead to the area of classical song. Rorem has a unprecedented present for writing, besides, and the extensive acclaim that has greeted his memoirs, essay collections, and released diaries attest to this truth. An Absolute present is a cornucopia of Roremisms—essays, studies, and evaluations on an enormous array of attention-grabbing matters, from song to movie to drama to intercourse. the following are also candid diary entries, showing the frankness and noteworthy perception for which Rorem is understood. even if he's lambasting or celebrating the world's nice musical works and their creators (and, in line with Stephen Sondheim, he's the most effective writers approximately song that i've got ever read), providing intensely own musings on dying and love, or brilliantly dissecting the artist's craft, Ned Rorem is usually interesting, constantly provocative, and vastly interesting.
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On this occasion I had a cricket ball as well as a book to pass the time and was bowling the ball at a tree while pretending to be whichever English bowler I then prized (Bob Appleyard? Johnny Wardle? I cannot remember). I had done this for many days that summer and on previous summers. A boy of about my age (he was in fact about 10 months younger) came up to me. He was carrying a precious possession—a cricket bat. He asked if we could play together and we spent a considerable amount of time bowling and batting until both of us were tired.
And had some carved masks and so on that induced in me an irrational and enduring dislike of primitive art. St. Alban’s shared a plot of land with two other schools. All three were founded by Canon Clement Henry Parsons (1892–1980)—a looming presence in the eight years I spent in two of those schools. St. Alban’s is situated on a large estate, the main house of which was once owned by a Mr. Derry, the co-owner of the famous Derry & Toms department store. Canon Parsons, who must have been something of a pedagogical entrepreneur, began his scholastic empire with eighteen pupils in 1926 and had, by the time I arrived at St.
1 9 5 2 – 1 9 5 7 â•… •â•…37 In the early 1960s, I set off in the spring with my school friend, Bryan “Mac” McEnroe, to walk the Roman Road between Salisbury and Dorchester. The road (part of the Portway that ran from London to Weymouth) ran straight from Old Sarum (the Romans’ Sorviodunum) to Dorchester (Durnovaria). This was an ill-planned venture that resulted in blistered feet and many cuts and scratches engendered by scaling walls, finding a way down paths between thorny, scrubby bushes, and all the other hazards of trying to follow a 2,000-year-old abandoned road with a small map.