NED ROREM TELLS ALL!!!

NED ROREM TELLS ALL!!!

(Sixth in a series.)

By Denis Whitaker 

“I conceive all music…vocally.
Whatever my music is written for—
tuba, tambourine, tubular bells—
it is always the singer within me crying to get out.”  

“Arguably no artist grows up: if he sheds the perceptions of childhood he ceases being an artist.”
Ned Rorem

“If you want to know how much I love Lenny,
listen to my songs.”
—Ned Rorem, speaking about his friend
on Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony, 1987.

The Protégé—Stephen Sondheim

The Protégé—Stephen Sondheim
(Fifth in a series.)

By Denis Whitaker

“Steve is the most important force
in the American musical theater.
He combines wit and intelligence
in a very special way,
and he’s willing to take chances.”
Leonard Bernstein

 “Maybe you could show me
how to let go,
lower my guard,
learn to be free.
Maybe if you whistle,
whistle for me.”
From “Anyone Can Whistle,”
reported to be Mr. Sondheim’s favorite of his songs.

The Patron Saint—Edward MacDowell

Link to the second article in the Lenny Bernstein series.

The Patron Saint—Edward MacDowell

(Third in a series.)

By Denis Whitaker

“If my music has been connected in people’s minds with America, if people find some reflection of the American spirit in my music, then certainly the Colony must have some of the credit.”
—Aaron Copland, in his acceptance speech
on Medal Day at the MacDowell Colony, 1961.