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Wings of Friendship

Selected Letters 1944 - 2003

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June 14, 2005 | Hardcover | 6 x 9, 352 Pages | ISBN 9781593760359
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"Rorem's openness about his life, his own art, his view of the art of others, his agonizing about the creative process—all of it makes for a remarkable set of entries into a continuing records. These diaries may well turn out to be an enduring twentieth-century document." —The New Republic

“When it comes to letter writing, do artists resemble their letters? Yes, except when they don’t.” So wrote Ned Rorem in his 1998 review of Prokofiev’s letters. Over the years Ned Rorem has shown us the craft of autobiography in his four five elegant and moving diaries that span the last eighty decades. But besides the publication of his correspondence between himself and Paul Bowles, he has never published the vast correspondence he shared with a sublime mix of people—Leontyne Price, Reynolds Price, Virgil Thompson, Angela Lansbury, Judy Collins, Gore Vidal, Cynthia Ozick. In Wings of Friendship Ned Rorem’s letters to these friends and forty others are assembled in chronological order and reveal the range of his interests and depth of his passions—a heart laid bare, billets doux.

About Ned Rorem

NED ROREM is one of America’s foremost living composers. TIME has called him “the world’s best composer of art songs.” He has written hundreds of songs & song cycles in collaboration with some of the greatest lyricists and poets of his time, yet his musical ventures extend far beyond this genre and include three symphonies, four piano concertos, six operas & choral works of every description. His suite “Air Music” won the Pulitzer Prize in Music for 1976. Since the 1960s he has led a dual career as a composer & a writer, and is the author of some twenty books and monographs. In addition to his memoir & diaries, he has also published several volumes of critical essays. His writings have won the ASCAP/ Deems Taylor Award on 3 occasions (1971, ’75, ’92). The former president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Ned Rorem divides his time between Manhattan and Nantucket.

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“Rorem’s openness about his life, his own art, his view of the art of others, his agonizing about the creative process—all of it makes for a remarkable set of entries into a continuing records. These diaries may well turn out to be an enduring twentieth-century document.” —The New Republic

“One of the great diaries in our language . . . [These books] delight, amuse, and enlarge our understanding of music and life.” —Boston Globe

“Candid to the point of scandal . . . racy yet poetic, earthy yet exquisite.” —Saturday Review

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