'Prize-Winning Composer, Writer Dies at 99

Dies at 99

Ned Rorem,

the prolific Pulitzer-winning musician known for his vast output of compositions and for his barbed

The news

was confirmed by a publicist for his longtime music publisher, Boosey & Hawkes, who said

The handsome,

energetic artist produced a thousand-work catalog ranging from symphonies and operas to solo instrumental, chamber

He also

contributed to the score for the Al Pacino-starring film Panic in Needle Park

Time magazine

once called Rorem “the world’s best composer of art songs,” and he was notable

McClatchy, writing

in The Paris Review, described him as “an untortured artist and dashing narcissist

“If Russia

had Stalin and Germany had Hitler, France still has Pierre Boulez,” Rorem once wrote

He had

a basic motto for songwriting: “Write gracefully for the voice — that is, make the voice

Rorem won

the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his “Air Music: Ten Etudes for Orchestra

His 1962

“Poems of Love and the Rain” is a 17-song cycle set to texts by American poets;

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