Absolute Gift: A New Diary by Ned Rorem

By Ned Rorem

A powerful number of essays, reviews, and reflections on lifestyles, tradition, artwork, love, and music—always lyrical, witty, and overtly provocative—from essentially the most acclaimed modern American composersTime journal has known as Ned Rorem the world's most sensible composer of artwork songs. yet his genius doesn't lead to the world of classical song. Rorem has an extraordinary present for writing, to boot, and the huge acclaim that has greeted his memoirs, essay collections, and released diaries attest to this truth. An Absolute present is a cornucopia of Roremisms—essays, experiences, and reviews on an enormous array of interesting matters, from song to movie to drama to intercourse. right here are also candid diary entries, exhibiting the frankness and memorable perception for which Rorem is understood. even if he's lambasting or celebrating the world's nice musical works and their creators (and, in accordance with Stephen Sondheim, he's the best writers approximately track that i've got ever read), supplying intensely own musings on loss of life and love, or brilliantly dissecting the artist's craft, Ned Rorem is often attention-grabbing, continually provocative, and significantly wonderful.

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Can {here be any one subject, any one source of cheerfulness and joy, at all to be riompared with the heavenly serenity and comfort, which such a person must find, in holding communion with his God and Saviour in prayer—in addressing God as his Father, and, more than all, in the transporting hope, of being preserved unto everlasting life, and of singing praises to his Redeemer when time shall be no more. O I do indeed feel this state of mind at times; but, at other times, I feel quite humbled at finding myself so cold and hard-hearted.

That one thus eminently watchful and holy, who, " counted all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord," should speak of himself in the strongest terms of self-condemnation, will appear incongruous to those 45 only who forget that the prophet, who uttered in the presence of Jehovah the words of submissive devotion, " Here am I, send me," exclaimed at the same time, in the lowly language of contrition, " Woe is me, for I am undone, I am a man of polluted lips;" and that it was when the Laodiceans ceased to know that they were " wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked," that they became defective in zeal for the glory of their Saviour.

Having long listened with no small degree of pleasure and profit to Mr. Simeon as a preacher, Henry now began to enjoy the happiness of an admission to the most friendly and unreserved intercourse with him, and was in the habit of soliciting and receiving on all important occasions his counsel and encouragement. By Mr. " The great advancement which he had made in genuine piety at this period, from intercourse with real Christians, and above all from secret communion with his God, is discoverable in the following extracts from two letters—the first dated September 15, 1801, and addressed to his earliest friend; —the second, written a few days afterwards, to his youngest sister.

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