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Ode To Gravity:
Songs and Writings of Ned Rorem

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 57 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

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In this edition of Ode To Gravity Charles Amirkhanian presents a selection of art songs by Ned Rorem, interspersed with excerpts from Rorem’s book, “Music from Inside Out”, in which the composer discusses the history and art of song writing. Ned Rorem is a Pulitzer Prize winning American composer. He has written three symphonies, four piano concertos, ten operas, as well as many additional orchestral, chamber, theatrical, and choral works. Yet he is probably best known for his over 500 art songs, in which he has set to music some of the finest poetry ever written. For additional works by Rorem be sure to check out the recently released CD “The Songs of Ned Rorem”, from the Other Minds record label and available at www.otherminds.org.

Musical Selections:  Song for a Girl [text by John Dryden] -- To the Willow Tree [text by Robert Herrick] -- The Silver Swan [text by Orlando Gibbons] -- Three Psalms: Nos. 134, 148, & 150 [from "Cycle of Holy Songs"] -- The Lordly Hudson [text by Paul Goodman] -- Visits to Saint Elizabeth’s [text by Elizabeth Bishop] -- Root Cellar [text by Theodore Roethke] -- Sally’s Smile [text by Paul Goodman] -- Spring and Fall [text by Gerard Manley Hopkins] -- Youth, Day, Old Age, and Night [text by Walt Whitman] -- What If Some Little Pain [text by Edmund Spenser] -- In a Gondola [text by Robert Browning] -- Requiem [text by Robert Louis Stevenson]
Performers:  Ned Rorem, piano
Phyllis Curtin, soprano
Gianna D’Angelo, soprano
Regina Sarfaty, mezzo-soprano
Charles Brassler, tenor
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone
Genre:  Art Songs
Subject:  Rorem, Ned, 1923-; Art songs; Songs with piano; Sacred songs with piano
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Rorem, Ned, 1923-; Dryden, John, 1631-1700; Herrick, Robert, 1591-1674; Gibbons, Orlando, 1583-1625; Goodman, Paul, 1911-1972; Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979; Roethke, Theodore, 1908-1963; Hopkins, Gerard Manley, 1844-1889; Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892; Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599; Browning, Robert, 1812-1889; Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894; Curtin, Phyllis; D’Angelo, Gianna; Sarfaty, Regina; Bressler, Charles; Gramm, Donald
Recording Date:  7/15/1970
First Broadcast Date:  7/15/1970
 
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