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Author: Ned Rorem
Publisher: New York : Open Road, 2013.
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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).  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ned Rorem
ISBN: 9781480427778 1480427772
OCLC Number: 852664556
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover Page; Title Page; Permission Acknowledgments; CONTENTS; Introduction; ONE: AMERICAN COMPOSERS: TRIBUTES AND REVIEWS; Living with Gershwin; Copland's Birthday (at Seventy); Copland at Eighty-five; A Medal for Lenny; William Flanagan: In Memoriam; Flanagan's Music; Looking for Sam; A Note on Barber's Antony and Cleopatra; Lord Byron in Kansas City; Smoke without Fire; Foss Improvises; Cage's HPSCHD; A Paragraph on Crumb; Elliott Carter: A Book Review; Richard Cumming's Songs; Ezra Pound as Musician; The American Composer Speaks; TWO: DEBUSSY, RAVEL, AND POULENC; Notes on Debussy. Pelléas and PierreNotes for Debussy's En blanc et noir; Ravel; Ravel and Song; Dancing to Ravel; Ravel's House; Francis Poulenc: A Souvenir; Afterthoughts on Francis; Poulenc's Dialogues; Poulenc's Chamber Music for Winds; Bernac and Poulenc; THREE: GERMANS, RUSSIANS, AND OTHER EUROPEANS; The Rosenkavdlier Diary; A Strauss Biography; Notes on Weill; Nabokov's Bagázh; Stravinsky via Craft; Variations on Mussorgsky; Rubinstein at the Movies; About Toscanini; Britten's Death in Venice; FOUR: POPULAR MUSIC; Anita Ellis and Barbra Streisand; Afterthoughts on the Beatles; Against Rock. Great Songs of the Sixties: A Book ReviewJesus Christ Superstar; Last Thoughts on the Beatles; The More Things Change: Notes on French Popular Song; FIVE: THREE LANDSCAPES WITH FIGURES; Where Is Our Music Going?; Our Music Now (1974); Our Music Now (1984); SIX: OF SONGS AND WORDS; Poetry of Music; Song Singing in America; Anatomy of Two Songs; Last Poems of Wallace Stevens: An Album Note; A Postscript on Whitman; SEVEN: ODDS AND ENDINGS; Why I Write as I Do; Notes on Sacred Music; The Well-Dressed Composer; Ladies' Music; Charles Rosen's The Classical Style. Homage to Julius Katchen (1926-1969)Robert Jacobson Gone; Peter Yates on Twentieth-Century Music; On Nearing Sixty; Marginalia; About the Author; Index; Copyright Page.
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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.

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