Ned Rorem

Remembering the renowned American composer and diarist Ned Rorem

News of the passing of Ned Rorem—the prolific American composer and famed diarist who died at age 99 at his home on the Upper West Side of New York on November 18—sent me back to our first meeting. It was a steamy summer day in Ohio, in 1976,...
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Ned Rorem, award-winning composer of contemporary art songs, gone at 99

(Nov. 23, 2022) Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ned Rorem, of New York and Nantucket, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 at his home in Manhattan. He was 99. Hailed by Time Magazine as “the best composer of art songs,” he wrote more than 500, many of which are now part of the standard repertoire, alongside a large body of compositions in nearly every other genre encompassing symphonic music, concertos, chamber music and 10 operas, including the fulllength stage works, “Miss Julie” and “Our Town.” He was the recipient of many awards in addition to the Pulitzer, including a Grammy, the ASCAP Deems-Taylor Award, ASCAP’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships.
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Pulitzer-Winning Composer Ned Rorem has Died, Aged 99

Also a noted diarist, Rorem took composition lessons with composers Virgil Thomson and Aaron Copland during the 1950s. Born in Richmond, Indiana, in 1923, Ned Rorem was an award-winning composer and the author of several published diaries known for their candid accounts of his life in elite LGBTQ+ and artistic circles from the 1960s onward. Rorem passed away in his Manhattan home.
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In the music of two vastly different pianists, echoes of Ned Rorem

On Saturday, my plan was to hit two piano recitals: Víkingur Ólafsson performing a program framed by his 2021 album, “Mozart & Contemporaries,” at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, and avant-garde icon Margaret Leng Tan performing a memorial tribute to composer George Crumb at the Library of Congress.

Ned Rorem, prize-winning American composer, socialite and confessional diarist – obituary

Ned Rorem, the American composer, who has died aged 99, was variously described as “the world’s best composer of art songs”, and as “an imaginative social climber”. Gifted, good-looking and sharp-witted, Rorem established his reputation in the early 1950s, when he lived in Paris as a protégé of the Vicomtesse Marie-Laure de Noailles, the artist and patronne of modernism. In his confessional diaries, for which he remains best known, Rorem revealed a world of licentiousness and indiscretion, ambition and intellectual and artistic curiosity – and emotional complexity.
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Composers pay tribute to the late Ned Rorem

Ned Rorem died on Friday at the age of 99. Don’t have to believe that if we don’t want to. From the Leonard Bernstein estate: The Leonard Bernstein Family and Office are saddened by the death of Pulizer Prize-winning composer and Leonard Bernstein’s dear friend, Ned Rorem.

Ned Rorem, Prize-Winning Composer and Writer, Dies at 99

Ned Rorem, the prolific Pulitzer-winning musician known for his vast output of compositions and for his barbed and sometimes scandalous prose, died Friday (Nov. 18) at 99. The news was confirmed by a publicist for his longtime music publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, who said he died of natural causes at his home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.