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Ned Rorem

 (1923- )

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  Ned Rorem was born in Richmond, Indiana to Quaker parents and later moved to Chicago with his family.  He studied music at Northwestern University, the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, the Berkshire Music Center and at the Julliard School, where he studied under Bernard Wagenaar. In 1949 Rorem moved to France where he remained until 1958. His suite Air Music (1974) won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize in music. Rorem is one of the world's most prolific writers of art songs. Works include: Poems of Love and the Rain, 1962; Sun, 1965; Letters from Paris, 1966; String Symphony, 1985; Assembly and Fall (1975); Goodbye My Fancy, 1990; Piano Concerto for Left Hand and Orchestra (1991); Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra (1993). He has also written a number of books chronicling his experiences in the music world including: The Paris Dairy; The New York Diary; The Later Diaries 1961-1972; Knowing When to Stop : A Memoir; and Other Entertainment : Collected Pieces.
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