Rorem, Ned

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Rorem, Ned Gender: M
born on 23 October 1923 at 02:55 (= 02:55 AM )
Place Richmond, Indiana, 39n50, 84w53
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°55' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 13°41 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 21°42'


American composer of art song, writer and music teacher. Rorem received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1951, two Guggenheim fellowships, a Grammy, an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters 1968, the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award 1971 for his book "Critical Affairs" and the Pulitzer Prize for "Air Music" 1976.

Rorem moved to Chicago as a child with his Quaker parents. His father was a co-founder of Blue Cross and his mother espoused pacifist causes. By age ten his piano teacher had him playing Debussy and Ravel changing his life forever. In 1936 while in Europe for three months he kept a diary. At 14 he entered the Music School of Northwestern University, two years later receiving a scholarship to the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. He studied composition at Juilliard receiving his BA in 1946 and his MA along with the $1,000 George Gershwin Memorial Prize in composition in 1948. He also studied on a fellowship at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood with Aaron Copland in the summers of 1946-47. Working as a copyist for Virgil Thomson he earned $20 a week and received orchestration lessons. Rorem traveled to Morocco in 1948, moved to France in 1949 and remained there until 1957. An avid diarist, he wrote daily since September 1945 and has published five books based on his daily observations, including "The Paris Diary," "Settling the Score" and "Knowing When to Stop."

Rorem has composed three symphonies, three piano concertos, six operas, many orchestral, chamber, choral, theater, and vocal works, is a former faculty member of University of Buffalo, University of Utah, Curtis Institute and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Many of today's best composers have learned composition from Rorem. Although he has published 15 books he still calls himself a composer who happens to write.

A homosexual, Rorem has lived with life-partner James Holmes, organist, choral conductor and musicologist since 1967. He has homes in New York City and Nantucket, MA.

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  • Family : Change residence 1936 (Europe)
  • Social : End a program of study 1946 (B.A. from Juilliard)
  • Social : End a program of study 1948 (Graduated with M.A.)
  • Family : Change residence 1949 (Moved to France for eight years)
  • Work : Prize 1951 (Fulbright Fellowship)
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1967 (Same-sex partner James Holmes)
  • Work : Prize 1968 (Ntnl. Inst. for Arts and Letters Award)
  • Work : Prize 1971 (ASCP-Deems Taylor Award)
  • Work : Prize 1976 (Pulitzer Prize)

Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes B.C.


  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (With James)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (European travels)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (U.S. to France to U.S.)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (Composer)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher (Faculty at noted universities)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Over 15 books)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Music
  • Notable : Awards : Grammy
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Numerous awards)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession