Ned Rorem

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... read moreNed Rorem (born 1923) is a key American composer of art song in addition to making substantial contributions to all classical music genres except electronics. Rorem's style was based in impressionism and the diatonic scale from the first, and he has never abandoned it. Born in Richmond, IN, Rorem...

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Ned Rorem
United States - Seven Viewpoints For String Quartet: United States Iv. Forty Chords For Mark On April First
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United States - Seven Viewpoints For String Quartet: United States Vi. Fargo
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United States - Seven Viewpoints For String Quartet: United States I. A Beginning
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United States - Seven Viewpoints For String Quartet: United States V. Nursery Rhyme
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United States - Seven Viewpoints For String Quartet: United States Vii. An Ending
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Biography

Active: 1960s-2000s
Country Of origin: United States of America

Rorem studied at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School of Music and received private instruction from Virgil Thompson and David Diamond. After winning a Fulbright in 1949, Rorem left for Paris to study composition with Honeggar. He then moved to Morocco to devote himself to serious composition. He began to set his favorite literature to songs, the area in which he was to earn his fame. After another period in Paris where he enjoyed personal popularity, Rorem returned to the USA to continue his compositional career. Although he is most known for his song cycles, Rorem also composed instrumental, orchestral and music for combinations of voice and instruments. He experimented with modal and polymodal techniques in addition to the use of tone clusters and altered chords. Since 1958 he has avoided large-scale orchestral works and has concentrated on extended cyclic forms. He won the Pulitzer Prize in music for Air Music in 1976. ~ Lynn Vought~ Rovi

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