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American composer and diarist Ned Rorem was born in Richmond, Indiana on 23 October 1923. His family moved to Chicago when he was young, and he studied at the American Conservatory of Music and later at the Curtis Institute and at Juilliard.
His chromatic tonal output consists of much vocal and choral music, including operas, and he also produced symphonic music, much of it combined with voices.
His notorious Paris Diary of Ned Rorem describes his relationships with various other male composers, including Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Noel Coward and Virgil Thomson. He also wrote extensively about music and musicians, with his essays, collected into three anthologies, sometimes featuring prickly comments about his fellow musicians and attacks on the avant-garde.
Ned Rorem died at his home in Manhattan, New York, on 18 November 2022, aged ninety-nine.
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