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Ned Rorem

music paris

Composer and writer, born in Richmond, Indiana, USA. After musical studies in Chicago, the Curtis Institute of Music, and Juilliard, and privately with Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland, he spent most of the 1950s in Paris, then returned to teach briefly at the universities of Buffalo and Utah. Best known for his many songs in a lyrical and mildly Modernist style, he also wrote effective instrumental music such as Air Music (winner of the 1976 Pulitzer Prize). In addition to his music, he published a number of his journals, such as The Paris Diary (1966), and many articles famous for their biting ‘insider’ views of contemporary music and the art world.

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