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Ned Rorem
1923 -
United States of America, VA
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N. Rorem
Ned Rorem (23/10/1923), an American composer, born in Richmond. He has been called by Time magazine "the world's best composer of art songs" * Received the Pulitzer Prize in 1976 for his orchestral suite Air Music * Has championed tonality throughout his career in his lyrical yet forthright music * His output spans nearly every musical medium, plus sixteen books * His recent chamber works have been toured or recorded by the Guarneri String Quartet, the Emerson String Quartet and the Beaux Arts Trio, among others * Vocal works have been performed and recorded by leading artists including Susan Graham and Brian Azawa.
Works by Ned Rorem include:
Lions (A Dream) (1963) for jazz group and orchestra
Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra (1993)
String Quartet No.4 (1995)
"I conceive all music...vocally. Whatever my music is written for — tuba, tambourine, tubular bells — it is always the singer within me crying to get out." — Ned Rorem
Requiem
Period:Modernism
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:R.L. Stevenson
The text of this song by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894), an American poet.
Appropriately it was Stevenson's own short poem, ‘Requiem’ (1880, from an 1887 collection), that was written on his tomb:
Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie...
Author:Richard Dury
The text of "Requiem" by Stevenson:

Requiem

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.

This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.


The text of this poem has been used by Sidney Homer, Charles Ives, Ned Rorem, Ernest Whyte, Jonathan Lovenstein, Edward Bell, David Bedford and Luke Zaccaro.
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R.L. Stevenson
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Requiescat
Period:Modernism
Musical form:song
Text/libretto:Oscar Wilde
Duration:2'49''
Label(s):New World Records 80575-2
The text of this song is written by Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900). Duration: 2'49. Explanation of the titel: "Requiescat in pace" (sometimes: R.I.P.) stands for "may he/she (his/her soul) rest in peace" referring to a dead person.

Requiescat

Tread lightly, she is near
Under the snow,
Speak gently, she can hear
The daisies grow.

All her bright golden hair
Tarnished with rust,
She that was young and fair
Fallen to dust.

Lily-like, white as snow,
She hardly knew
She was a woman so
Sweetly she grew.

Coffin-board, heavy stone,
Lie on her breast.
I vex my heart alone,
She is at rest.

Peace, Peace, she cannot hear
Lyre or sonnet,
All my life's buried here,
Heap earth upon it.

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O. Wilde
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The poet's requiem
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1955
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Franz Kafka, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jean Cocteau, Stephane Mallarme, Sigmund Freud, Paul Goodman and Andre Gide.
For soprano solo, mixed chorus and orchestra: timpani, percussion, snare drum, large gong, cymbals, triangle, harp, piano, strings. Lyrics by: Franz Kafka (1883 - 1924), Rainer Maria Rilke (1875 - 1926), Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963), Stephane Mallarme (1842 - 1898), Sigmund Freud (1856 - 1939), Paul Goodman (1911 - 1972) and Andre Gide (1869 - 1951).
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F. Kafka
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R.M. Rilke
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J. Cocteau
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S. Mallarme
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S. Freud
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P. Goodman
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A. Gide
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