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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Ned Rorem's Song, "Youth, Day, Old Age & Night"

I recently added four new and "live" sound clips to the Audio (sound clips) page of my website. Among them one of composer Ned Rorem's best songs, to my way of thinking, "Youth, Day, Old Age & Night" (poem Walt Whitman). The atmospheric noblesse created by Ned Rorem is noteworthy and special. I programmed this Rorem song with a wonderful Poulenc song, "Yoyage à Paris", what with Rorem's years in Paris and his great admiration for composer Francis Poulenc.
In addition to the above are two Joseph Marx songs (very like Richard Strauss' soaring vocal bigness). The latter two celebrate the "2007 Marx Year"...

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