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Ned Rorem

American composer and diarist

Ned Rorem is ...


Born 23 October 1923 in Richmond
Died 18 November 2022 in New York City and Manhattan
Age 99 years, 1 months

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship United States of America
Occupation composer, diarist, writer, university teacher and actor
Notable work Piano Concerto No. 2
Awards Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rome Prize, Pulitzer Prize for Music and Arts and Letters Award in Music
Genre opera and symphony
Member of American Academy of Arts and Letters and American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Educated at Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, Northwestern University, American Conservatory of Music, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and Bienen School of Music
Field of work music

About Ned Rorem

Ned Rorem is a true American original. Born in 1923, he has spent his life composing music that is both deeply personal and universal in its appeal. His diaries, which he has been keeping since the age of 14, offer a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a brilliant artist.

Rorem's music is marked by its emotional intensity and its lyrical beauty. He has written more than 500 works, including operas, symphonies, and chamber music. His style is eclectic, drawing on a wide range of influences, from classical to jazz to popular music.

In addition to his music, Rorem is known for his writing. His diaries, which he has published in several volumes, are a testament to his wit, intelligence, and honesty. He has also written essays, poetry, and a memoir.

Throughout his career, Rorem has been recognized for his contributions to American music. He has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1976. He has also been honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Despite his many accomplishments, Rorem remains humble and down-to-earth. He has said that he is "just a composer," and that his music is simply a reflection of his own experiences and emotions.

As Rorem approaches his 100th birthday, his legacy as one of America's greatest composers is secure. His music and his writing continue to inspire and delight audiences around the world.


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