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Ned Rorem, 1958. Ned Rorem Collection, Music Division
Ned Rorem, 1958. Ned Rorem Collection, Music Division

Dubbed by Time magazine as "the world's best composer of art songs," the appellation is certainly befitting of Ned Rorem, who, with nearly 500 songs in his catalog, has easily surpassed the efforts of nearly every American composer in this genre (Charles Ives is perhaps the closest second, with nearly 200 songs in his catalog). In addition to Rorem's extensive contribution to American song, he also penned three symphonies, four piano concertos (including one for the left hand alone), numerous choral and chamber works, ten operas, ballets, and other music for the theater. Rorem is also a prolific writer, having authored nearly twenty books, including a series of diaries and collections of lectures and criticism.

Rorem was born in Richmond, Indiana on October 23, 1923. As a child he moved with his family to Chicago, where he began piano lessons. Throughout this early instruction, Rorem was exposed to the music of Debussy and Ravel, which heavily influenced the composer's craft, especially his song composition. When he was seventeen, he entered the Music School of Northwestern University to study piano. In 1943, he was awarded a scholarship at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, where he studied counterpoint with Rosario Scalero and Gian Carlo Menotti. Further study in composition was undertaken at the Juilliard School in New York, where Rorem obtained his B.A. degree in 1946 and his M.A degree in 1948. That same year, Rorem was also awarded Juilliard's George Gershwin Memorial Prize for composition. Following graduation, Rorem worked for a time as Virgil Thomson's copyist; he received $20 per week as well as orchestration lessons as compensation.

In 1949, Rorem moved to France, where he lived for over ten years. Experiences from this time were later chronicled in Rorem's The Paris Diary (1966), the first in a succession of similar diaries. Although these diaries are notorious for their extreme candor, they have nonetheless received critical acclaim as some of the foremost examples in the English language of the contemporary diarist's art. Rorem returned to the United States in 1958, where he held teaching positions at several universities, including the University of Buffalo (1959-60), the University of Utah (1965-6), and the Curtis Institute (1980-86). He remained active as a composer and in 1976 was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his suite Air Music. Other honors bestowed on Rorem include a Fulbright Fellowship (1951), a Guggenheim Fellowship (1957), an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1968), three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards, and an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement award (2003). In addition, the Atlanta Symphony's rendition of Rorem's String Symphony, Sunday Morning, and Eagles (1989) won the Grammy Award for Outstanding Orchestral Recording.

As far as Rorem's songs are concerned, they display a wide variety of styles, are set to a vast number of poets, and range from short miniatures to lengthy cycles. Rorem's earlier song settings feature texts from different literary periods, but for songs composed after 1950, Rorem generally preferred the texts of American poets, including Walt Whitman, and of 20th-century poets such as Howard Moss, Paul Goodman, Theodore Roethke, and Kenneth Koch. A master at text setting, Rorem learned early in his craft how to manipulate square phrases in the poetry, and how to make the text flow smoothly and naturally by means of syncopation, meter changes, misplaced accents, and other rhythmic devices. Equally important to his melodies are his accompaniments; Rorem is a first-rate pianist and this is reflected brilliantly in his songs. Rorem's harmonic language mirrors those of Debussy, Stravinsky, and Hindemith; his songs often include complex chords, such as seventh, ninth, and eleventh chords, which account for the "jazz" flavor found in some of his songs. In addition, Rorem is particularly fond of using contrapuntal techniques – ground bass, ostinatos, imitation, and contrary motion – in many of his songs.

Rorem, an octogenarian who currently lives in New York City and Nantucket, is still active as a composer. In February 2007, Indiana University's Jacob School of Music presented the premiere performance of Rorem's opera Our Town, based on the acclaimed Thorton Wilder play of the same name. In addition, Rorem's works continue to be heard, most recently programmed as commemorative performances. In 1998, in celebration of his seventy-fifth birthday, the New York Festival of Song gave the premiere performance of Rorem's Evidence of Things Not Seen, a song cycle featuring 36 poems by 24 authors, with a repeat performance later held at the Library of Congress's Coolidge Auditorium. And in 2003, in honor of the composer's eightieth birthday, a "Roremania" festival, essentially a two-week celebration encompassing Rorem's works in every genre, was held at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Further Reading

  • McDonald, Arlys L. New Rorem: A Bio-Bibliography. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989.
  • Rorem, Ned. Knowing When to Stop: A Memoir. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1994.

Discography

The Seventieth Psalm - SATB chorus and wind ensemble [1943]
- Ned Rorem's first publicly performed piece. The performance, conducted by William Strickland, took place at the Library of Congress in the summer of 1943. No recording of this concert is known to survive.

"Alleluia" - voice and piano [1946]
Eleanor Steber, soprano; Edwin Betcliffe, piano.
Desto D-411-412 / DST-6411-6412 (1964)
Stand SLP 411-412 (1964)
Vox 5129 (1996)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Laura Aikin, soprano; Donald Sulzen, piano.
Orfeo 620 041 (2004)

"Spring and Fall" - voice and piano [1946]
Donald Graham, bass baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

"Spring" - voice and piano [1947]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

Paul Sperry, tenor; Irma Vallecillo, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1984-05-11.
RWA 7327-28

Paul Sperry, tenor; Irma Vallecillo, piano.
Albany TROY 81 (1993)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Fantasy and Toccata - organ [1947]
Ronald Prowse, organ.
Albany TROY 398 (2000)

"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" - voice and piano [1947]
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)
Warner Classics 49709 (2004)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Mourning Scene from Samuel - medium voice and string quartet [1947]
William Parker, baritone; Columbia String Quartet.
New World NW-305 (1980)
New World 80475 (1995)

Linn Maxwell, mezzo-soprano; Inter-American String Quartet.
Library of Congress Concert 1986-05-08.
RWB 2974-75

"The Lordly Hudson" - voice and piano [1947]
Regina Safarty, mezzo-soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Carl Halvorson, tenor; Susan Almasi, piano.
Musical Heritage Society 513207Z (1992)

Nathan Gunn, baritone; Kevin Murphy, piano.
EMI 73160 (1999)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Four Madrigals - SATB chorus [1947]
Modern Madrigal Quartet.
Desto DC-6480 (1969)
Phoenix USA 108 (1994)

Britten Choir, Alfred Calabrese, conductor.
ACA Digital 20039 (1996)

"Echo's Song" - voice and piano [1948]
Charles Bressler, tenor; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Sonata No. 1 - piano [1948]
Jeffrey Jacob, piano.
Opus One 73 (1981)

A Quiet Afternoon - piano [1948]
Sahan Arzruni, piano.
New World Records 80590 (2002)

Two Poems of Edith Sitwell - voice and piano [1948]
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Mountain Song - flute, oboe, violin, or cello and piano [1948]
Fenwick Smith, flute; Mihae Lee, piano.
Etcetera KTC 1184 (1997)

"Requiem" - voice and piano [1948]
Charles Bressler, tenor; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

"The Silver Swan" - voice and piano [1949]
Gianna D'Angelo, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Martin Katz, piano.
Centaur CRC 2232 (1995)

"Little Elegy" - voice and piano [1949]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI SD-238 (1965)
CRI ACS-6007 (1985)
CRI 657 (1993)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194, (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

Robert White, tenor; Samuel Sanders, piano.
Hyperion 66902 (1997)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Dance Suite - 2 pianos [1949] (not listed in any works lists)
Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo, pianos.
Phoenix USA 138 (2001)

"Rain in Spring" - voice and piano [1949]
Regina Safarty, mezzo-soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

"The Sleeping Palace" - voice and piano [1949]
later included in "Four Poems of Tennyson" [1963]
Carole Bogard, soprano; John Moriarty, piano.
Parnassus 96021-22 (2001) (recorded c. 1970)

Barcarolles - piano [1949]
Leon Fleischer, piano.
Epic LC-3862 / BC-1262 (1963)
Polygram 456 775 (1999)

Ruskin Cooper, piano.
Centaur CRC 2584 (2002)

Pastorale - organ [1949] (transcription of Symphony No. 1, 2nd movt.)
Ronald Prowse, organ.
Albany TROY 398 (2000)

"What If Some Little Pain" - voice and piano [1949]
Regina Safarty, mezzo-soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Second Sonata - piano [1949-50]
Julius Katchen, piano.
London LL-759 (1952)
Decca LXT.2812 (1952)
CRI 202 (1965)
CRI ACS 6007 (1985)
Polygram 456856 (1998)

Marta Felcman, piano.
Jay 1353 (2002)

Symphony No. 1 [1950]
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; Jose Serebrier, conductor.
Naxos 8.559149 (2003)

Flight for Heaven - bass voice and piano [1950]
Donald Graham, bass-baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)
"Upon Julia's Clothes" and "To the Willow Tree" only

Paul Krieder, baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Arsis Audio CD 142 (2002)

Sicilienne - 2 pianos [1950]
Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo, pianos.
Phoenix USA 138 (2001)

"Lullaby of the Woman of the Mountain" - voice and piano [1950]
Charles Bressler, tenor; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

Claire Campbell-Tokar, soprano; Susan Genaw, piano.
Silver Flutes Production CCT-2 2352 (1986) (cassette)
RYA 3960

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

From an Unkown Past - SATB chorus, or voice with piano or orchestra [1951]
Hufstader Singers, Robert Hufstader, conductor. (First Performance)
Library of Congress Concert 1952-11-28.
LWO 2252 r.8

New York Concert Choir, Margaret Hillis, conductor.
Library of Congress Concert 1956-01-13.
LWO 2386 r.12

Modern Madrigal Quartet.
Desto DC-6480 (1969)
Phoenix USA 108 (1994)

Modern Madrigal Quartet.
Library of Congress Concert 1971-02-05.
LWO 6354

The Dessoff Choirs, Kent Tritle, conductor.
The Dessoff Choirs 1101 (1999)

Brain Asawa, counter-tenor; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor.
RCA 63512 (2000)

"The Call" - voice and piano [1951]
(Published as "My Blood So Red" in "From an Unknown Past," above)
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

"To a Young Girl" - voice and piano [1951]
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"Love in a Life" - voice and piano [1951]
Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"The Nightingale" - voice and piano [1951]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)
Naxos 8.559187 (2003)

"O Do Not Love Too Long" - voice and piano [1951]
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Cycle of Holy Songs - voice and piano [1951]
Hugues Cuenod, tenor; Ned Rorem, piano.
Recorded in NYC on December 26, 1952
RAA 43093, LWO 9649 r22B2

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
(Three of four psalms)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

"A Christmas Carol" - voice and piano [1952]
Charles Bressler, tenor; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

John Kennedy Hanks, tenor; Ruth Friedberg-Erickson, piano.
Duke University Press DWR-7306 (1974)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

A Childhood Miracle - opera [1952]
Magic Circle Opera Ensemble, Ray Evans Harrell, conductor.
Newport Classics 85594 (1995)

Design - orchestra [1953]
Louisville Orchestra, Robert Whitney, conductor.
Louisville (First Edition) L-57-5 (1957)

Poems pour la paix - voice and piano [1953]
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)
No. 2: "Ode" only

Laura Aikin, soprano; Donald Sulzen, piano.
Orfeo 620 041 (2004)

"Love" - voice and piano [1953]
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"The Tulip Tree" - voice and piano [1953]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI SD-238 (1969)
CRI ACS-6007 (1985)
CRI 657 (1993)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"The Midnight Sun" - voice and piano [1953]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

"For Susan" - voice and piano [1953]
John Kennedy Hanks, tenor; Ruth Friedberg-Erickson, piano.
Duke University Press DWR-7306 (1974)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"Sally's Smile" - voice and piano [1953]
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"Clouds" - voice and piano [1953]
John Kennedy Hanks, tenor; Ruth Friedberg-Erickson, piano.
Duke University Press DWR-7306 (1974)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"In a Gondola" - voice and piano [1953]
Gianna D'Angelo, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Erie Mills, soprano; Jeffrey Peterson, piano.
Video Arts International 1151 (1998)

Pippa's Song - voice and piano [1953]
Gianna D'Angelo, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

Erie Mills, soprano; Jeffrey Peterson, piano.
Video Arts International 1151 (1998)

Cradle Song - voice and piano [1953]
Janeanne Houston, soprano; Michael Kelly, piano.
Unknown label and release date.

Song for a Girl - voice and piano [1953]
Gianna D'Angelo, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Erie Mills, soprano; Jeffrey Peterson, piano.
Video Arts International 1151 (1998)

"I Will Always Love You" - voice and piano [1950's]
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Four Dialogues - soprano, tenor and two pianos [1953-54]
Anita Darian, mezzo-soprano; John Stewart, tenor; Ned Rorem and Richard Cumming, pianos.
Desto DC-7101 (1970)
Phoenix USA 116, (1993)

Three Poems of Demetrios Capetanakis - voice and piano [1954]
John Kennedy Hanks, tenor; Ruth Friedberg-Erickson, piano.
Duke University Press DWR-7306 (1974)
"Guilt" only.

"Youth, Day, Old Age and Night" - voice and piano [1954]
Charles Bressler, tenor; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"Early in the Morning" - voice and piano [1955]
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

John Pell, guitar.
Wintersong WS 1002 (1981)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Nathan Gunn, baritone; Kevin Murphy, piano.
EMI 73160 (1999)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222, (2000)
Warner Classics 49709 (2004)

Carole Farley, soprano Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"All Glorious God" - SATB chorus [1955]
Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

"Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love" - SATB Chorus [1955]
King Choral,. Gordon King, director.
Orion 75205 (1975)

Choir of Men and Boys of St. Thomas' Church (NYC), Gerre Hancock, conductor.
Argo 425-800-2 (1990)

Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Choir, Frank Boles, conductor.
Pro Organo 7058 (2001)

Memphis Boy Choir and Memphis Chamber Choir, John Ayer, conductor.
Pro Organo 7034 (2001)

Choir of Men and Boys of St. Thomas' Church (NYC), Gerre Hancock, conductor.
Priory PRCD 910 (2002)

"I Am Rose" - voice and piano [1955]
Regina Safarty, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274, (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1979-10-30.
LWO 15629
RWD 5156

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Symphony No. 2 [1956]
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jose Serebrier, conductor.
Naxos 8.559149 (2003)

"What Sparks and Wiry Cries" - voice and piano [1956]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI SD-238 (1969)
CRI ACS-6007 (1985)
CRI 657 (1993)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

John Kennedy Hanks, tenor; Ruth Friedberg-Erickson, piano.
Duke University Press DWR-7306 (1974)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

"See How They Love Me" - voice and piano [1956]
Charles Bressler, tenor; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1979-10-30.
LWO 15629
RWD 5156

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Sinfonia - symphonic wind orchestra [1957]
American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Robert Austin Boudreau, conductor.
American Wind Symphony Orchestra AWS-106 (1986)

DePaul University Wind Ensemble, Donald DeRoche, conductor.
Albany TROY 568 (2003)

"Conversation" - voice and piano [1957]
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

"Such Beauty as Hurts to Behold" - voice and piano [1957]
Regina Sarfaty, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"O You to Whom I Often and Silently Come" - voice and piano [1957]
Regina Sarfaty, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5951 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Donald Graham, bass-baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano.
Desto DC-7101 (1970)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)
Warner Classics 49709 (2004)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"To You" - voice and piano [1957]
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

"As Adam Early in the Morning" - voice and piano [1957]
Donald Graham, bass-baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano.
Desto DC-7101 (1970)

Thomas Hampson, baritone; Craig Rutenberg, piano.
Angel 55028 (1997)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Five Poems of Walt Whitman - voice and piano [1957]
"Look Down, Fair Moon"
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI SD-238 (1969)
CRI ACS-6007 (1985)
CRI 657 (1993)

Donald Graham, bass-baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano.
Desto DC-7101 (1970)
Phoenix USA 116 (1993)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"Sometimes with the One I Love"
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"Gliding O'er All"
Donald Graham, bass-baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano.
Desto DC-7101 (1970)
Phoenix USA 116 (1993)

"Visits to St. Elizabeth's" (Bedlam) - voice and piano [1957]
Mildred Miller, soprano; Edwin Betcliffe, piano.
Stand SLP 411-412 (1964)
Desto D-411-412 / DST - 6411-6412 (1964)
Vox 5129 (1996)

Regina Sarfaty, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5951 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

Judith Vaccaro, soprano; Jack Reidling, piano.
Musique Circle 45567 (1978)

Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano. Ned Rorem, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1979-10-30.
LWO 15629
RWD 5156

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Symphony No. 3 [1957-58]
Utah Symphony Orchestra, Maurice Abravanel, conductor.
Turnabout TV S-34447 (1971)
Vox 5092 (1994)

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jose Serebrier, conductor
Naxos 8.559149 (2003)

Eagles - orchestra [1958]
Louisville Orchestra, Gerhardt Zimmermann, conductor.
Louisville (First Edition) LS-787 (1987)

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Louis Lane, conductor.
New World NW-353 (1988)
New World 80353 (1992)

"Memory" - voice and piano [1959]
Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"The Waking" - voice and piano [1959]
Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"Root Cellar" - voice and piano [1959]
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"My Papa's Waltz" - voice and piano [1959]
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"Snake" - voice and piano [1959]
Gianna D'Angelo, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Columbia ML-5961 / MS-6561 (1964)
Odyssey 32 16 0274 (1968)
New World NW-229 (1978)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969) - listed as "The Serpent" but probably "Snake."

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"Night Crow" - voice and piano [1959]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI SD-238 (1969)
CRI ACS-6007 (1985)
CRI 657 (1993)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Two Poems of Theodore Roethke - voice and piano [1959]
Theresa Treadway, mezzo-soprano; Marshall Williamson, piano.
Orion ORS-84476 (1984)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

11 Studies for 11 players - chamber ensemble [1959-60]
Members of Louisville Orchestra.
Louisville (First Edition) L/LS-644 (1964)
First Edition CD 21 (2004)

Instrumental Ensemble, Rossen Milanov, conductor.
New World 80445 (1994)

New York Chamber Ensemble.
Albany TROY 175 (1995)

Trio - flute, violoncello and piano [1960]
Tipton Trio.
Westminster WST-17147 (1968)
Westminster WGS-8239 (1973)

New York Camerata.
Desto DC-6462 (1968)

Rheta Smith, piano; Lloyd Smith, violoncello; Diane Gold, flute.
Leonarda 330 (1991)

Atlanta Chamber Players.
Aca Digital 20038 (1996)

Fenwick Smith, flute; Ronald Thomas, violoncello; Mihae Lee, piano.
Etcetera KTC 1184 (1997)

King Midas - tenor, mezzo-soprano and piano [1961]
John Stewart, tenor; Sandra Walker, mezzo-soprano; Ann Schein, piano.
Desto DC-6443 (1975)
Phoenix USA 126 (1996)

"Virelai" - SATB chorus [1961]
North Texas State University A Capella Choir, Frank A. McKinley, conductor.
Boosey & Hawkes SNBH-5001 (1978)

Ideas for Easy Orchestra - orchestra [1961]
The Oakland Youth Orchestra, Robert Hughes, conductor.
Desto DC-6462 (1968)

Two Psalms and a Proverb - SATB chorus and string quartet [1962]
King's Chapel Choir of Boston, Cambridge Festival Strings, Daniel Pinkham, conductor.
Cambridge CRM-414 / CRS-1416 (1964)

Gloria Dei Cantores, chorus.
Gloria Dei Cantores - unknown issue (2003) (excerpt)

Gloriae Dei Cantores, chorus.
Library of Congress Concert 2004-03-19.
RGB 3109

Poems of Love and the Rain - voice and piano [1962-63]
Regina Sarfaty, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI 202 (1965)

Beverly Wolff, mezzo-soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Desto DC-6480 (1969)
Phoenix USA 108 (1994)

Jan DeGaetani, mezzo-soprano; Gilbert Kalish, piano.
Nonesuch 79178 (1992)
"Interlude" only.

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)
"Do I Love You More than a Day?" only.

Beth Wiemann, soprano; Unknown, piano.
Capstone - unknown issue number (2002)
"Stop All the Clocks" only.

"That Shadow, My Likeness" - voice and piano [1963] - not in any printed listings
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Four Poems of Tennyson - voice and piano [1963]
Carole Bogard, soprano; John Moriarty, piano.
Parnassus 96021-22 (2001) (recorded c.1970)

Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)
"Ask Me No More," "Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal," and "Far-far Away" only.

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)
"Ask Me No More," "Now Sleeps the Golden Petal," and "Far-Far-Away" only.

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)
"Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal" and "Far-Far-Away" only.

"For Poulenc" - voice and piano [1963]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI 238 (1969)
CRI ACS-6007 (1985)
CRI 657 (1993)

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Vai 1194 (2001) (recorded Dec. 1969)

Paul Sperry, tenor; Irma Vallecillo, piano.
Albany TROY 81 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"Lift Up Your Heads" - SATB chorus, wind ensemble and organ [1963]
North Texas State University A Capella Choir, Frank A. McKinley, conductor.
Boosey & Hawkes SNBH-5001 (1978)

Lions - orchestra and jazz combo [1963]
New Orleans Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, Werner Torkanowsky, conductor.
Orion ORS-7268 (1972)

Lovers - harpsichord, oboe, cello and percussion [1964]
Sylvia Marlowe, harpsichord; Ronald Roseman, oboe; Alexander Kouguell, cello; Harold Farberman, percussion.
Decca DL-10,108 / DL-710,108 (1965) (selections)
Serenus SRS-12056 (1975) (selections)

Miss Julie - opera [1965 rev. 1979]
New York Lyric Opera Company, Peter Leonard, conductor. John Margulis, director.
Painted Smiles PS-1338 (1979) (highlights)

Manhattan School of Music Orchestra and Singers, David Gilbert, conductor.
Newport Classic 85605 (1995)

Curtis Institute Orchestra and Chorus, David Angler, conductor.
Albany TROY 761-62 (2005)

"Letters from Paris" - SATB chorus with orchestra [1966]
Unnamed chorus and chamber orchestra, Paul Callaway, conductor.
Library of Congress Concert 1978-10-30.
LWO 12500

The Gregg Smith Singers, Adirondack Chamber Orchestra, Gregg Smith, conductor.
Vox 3037 (1996)

"Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" - SATB chorus [1966]
North Texas State University A Capella Choir, Frank A. McKinley, conductor.
Boosey & Hawkes SNBH-5001 (1978)

Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Choir, Frank Boles, conductor.
Pro Organo 7058 (2001)

"Sun" - voice and orchestra [1966]
Lauren Flanigan, soprano; Manhattan School of Music Orchestra, Glen Barton Cortese, conductor.
Newport Classic 85657 (1999)

Water Music - violin, clarinet and orchestra [1966]
Thomas Halpin, violin; Larry London, clarinet; The Oakland Youth Orchestra, Robert Hughes, conductor.
Desto DC-6462 (1968)

Margeret Batjer, violin; Gary Gray, clarinet; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor.
RCA 63512 (2000)

"He Shall Rule From Sea to Sea" - SATB chorus and organ [1967]
North Texas State University A Capella Choir, Frank A. McKinley, conductor.
Boosey & Hawkes SNBH-5001 (1978)

Some Trees - song cycle for soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass-baritone and piano [1968]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Beverly Wolff, mezzo-soprano; Donald Graham, bass-baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI USD-238 (1969)
CRI ACS-6007 (1985)
CRI 657 (1993)

Spiders - harpsichord [1968]
Carole Terry, harpsichord.
CRI SD-533 (1986)

Three Sisters Who Are Not Sisters - opera [1968]
Magic Circle Opera Ensemble, Ray Evans Harrell, conductor.
Newport Classics 85594 (1995)

War Scenes - voice and piano [1969]
Donald Gramm, bass-baritone; Eugene Istomin, piano.
Desto DC-7101 (1970)
Phoenix USA 116 (1993)

Kurt Ollmann, baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Newport Classic 85663 (2000)

Concerto for Piano in Six Movements - piano and orchestra [1969]
Jerome Lowenthal, piano; Louisville Orchestra, Jorge Mester, conductor.
Louisville [First Edition] LS-733 (1973)
First Edition CD 21 (2004)
First Edition CD 32 (2005)

Gloria - soprano, mezzo-soprano and piano [1970]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Helen Vanni, mezzo-soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Desto DC-7147 (1973)
Phoenix USA 126 (1996)

Canticle of the Lamb - SATB Chorus [1971]
North Texas State University A Capella Choir, Frank A. McKinley, conductor.
Boosey & Hawkes SNBH-5001 (1978)

Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

Ariel - soprano, clarinet and piano [1971]
Phyllis Curtin, soprano; David Glazer, clarinet; Ryan Edwards, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1971-11-26 (First Performance).
LWO 6690

Phyllis Curtin, soprano; Joseph Rabbai, clarinet; Ryan Edwards, piano.
Desto DC-7147 (1973)
Phoenix USA 126 (1996)

Bell'Arte Trio.
Library of Congress Concert 1987-04-25.
RWB 4648-49

Angelina Réaux, soprano; Thomas Piercy, clarinet; Delores Stevens, piano; Judith Olson, piano.
Albany TROY 520 (2002)

Laura Aikin, soprano; Nicola Jurgensen, clarinet; Gerhard Zank, cello; Donald Sulzen, piano.
Orfeo 620 041 (2004)

Day Music - violin and piano [1971]
Jaime Laredo, violin; Ruth Laredo, piano.
Desto DC-7151 (1973)
Phoenix USA 123 (1994)

Jaime Laredo, violin; Ann Schein, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1974-05-02.
LWO 7824

Philip Setzer, violin; Ruth Laredo, piano.
Newport Classic 85663 (2000)

Last Poems of Wallace Stevens - voice, cello and piano [1971-72]
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Sharon Robinson, cello; Jerome Lowenthal, piano.
Leonarda LPI-116 (1983)

"The Serpent" - voice and piano [1972]
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Night Music - violin and piano [1972] (Commissioned by the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress)
Earl Carlyss, violin; Ann Schein, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1973-01-12 (First Performance).
LWO 7181

Earl Carlyss, violin; Ann Schein, piano.
Desto DC-7174 (1974)
Phoenix USA 123 (1994)

Oscar Shumsky, violin; Menahem Pressler, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1986-03-07.
RWB 2285-2286

Earl Carlyss, violin; Ann Schein, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1987-03-20.
RWB 4584-85

Violinist from Emerson String Quartet; Manahen Pressler, piano
Library of Congress Concert 1987-12-04.
RWB 5086

Beaux Arts Trio.
Library of Congress Concert 1988-02-26.
RWB 5892

Beaux Arts Trio.
Library of Congress Concert 1992-03-19 and 1992-03-20.
RGA 3382-3385

Miriam Fried, violin; James Tocco, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1999-03-19.
RGA 4996-97

Beaux Arts Trio.
Library of Congress Concert 1999-04-15 and 1999-04-16.
RGA 5713-5716

Canticles Set II - SATB Chorus [1972]
North Texas State University A Capella Choir, Frank A. McKinley, conductor.
Boosey & Hawkes SNBH-5001 (1978)
"Blessed Art Thou" ("Benedictus es Domine") only.

Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)
"Phos Hilarion" only.

Three Motets - SATB Chorus and organ [1973]
Choir of Trinity Church, Princeton.
Gamut UT-7501 (1974)

Choir of Men and Boys of St. Thomas' Church [NYC], Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock, organ.
Argo 425-800-2 (1990)

Choir of Trinity Church, Wall Street. James A. Simms, conductor.
Gothic 78932 (1993)

Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor; Larry Allen, organ.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)
"Thee, God..." only.

Four Hymns - SATB chorus and keyboard [1973]
Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor; Larry Allen, organ.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)
"Come, pure hearts" only.

Three [or Little] Prayers - SATB chorus [1973]
Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

Missa Brevis - soprano, alto, tenor, bass and SATB chorus [1973]
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Priscilla Magdamo, alto; Thomas Bogdan, tenor; Lin Garber, bass-baritone; Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor.
Vox SVBX 5354 (1979)

Air Music - orchestra [1974]
Lousville Orchestra, Peter Leonard, conductor.
Louisville (First Edition) LS-787 (1987)

Eight Etudes - piano [1975]
Walter Cossand, piano.
Summit 154 (1994)

Frances Renzi, piano.
Centaur CRC 2301 (1997)

Book of Hours - flute and harp [1975]
Ingrid Dingfelder, flute; Martine Geliot, harp.
CRI SD-362 (1977)

Fenwick Smith, flute; Ann Hobson Pilot, harp.
Etcetera KTC 1184 (1997)

The Fibonacci Sequence.
Naxos 8.559128 (2003)

Serenade on Five English Poems - voice, violin, viola, piano [1975]
Elaine Bonazzi, mezzo-soprano; The Cantilena Chamber Players.
Library of Congress Concert 1977-11-11.
LWO 9807

Elaine Bonazzi, mezzo-soprano; The Cantilena Chamber Players.
Grenadilla GS-1031 (1979)

Women's Voices - song cycle for voice and piano [1975-76]
Phyllis Bryn-Julson, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1979-10-30.
LWO 15629
RWD 5156

Catherine Ciesinski, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI SD-485 (1983)
CRI 657, 1993

Heidi Skok, soprano; Martin Hennessey, piano.
Newport Classic 85613 (1998)
Newport Classic 85636 (1998) "Moon Poem" only

Joyce Andrews, voice; Beverly Hassel, piano.
Capstone CPS-8720 (2003)
"What Inn is This" only.

Sky Music - harp [1976]
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp.
Telarc CD-80418 (1996)

"A Journey" - voice and piano [1976]
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

A Quaker Reader - organ [1976]
Leonard Raver, organ.
CRI SD 396 (1978)

Catherine Crozier, organ.
Gothic D-87904 (1980) - selections.

Catherine Crozier, organ.
Delos 3076 (1992)
Delos 3503, (1988) "Rain over the Quaker Graveyard" only.
Delos 3506 (1992) Movements 4 and 7 only.

Peter Sykes, organ.
Raven Recordings 320 (1995)
"The Nest at the Old North Church" only

Timothy Olsen, organ.
Naxos 8.557218 (2004) - selections

Hearing: A Small Opera in Five Scenes [1976]
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Kimball Wheeler, mezzo-soprano; Max Galloway, baritone; Instrumental Ensemble, Gregg Smith, conductor.
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

"Surge, Illuminare" - SATB chorus and organ [1977]
unknown choir and organ.
Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation NR 16156 (1985)

Harvard University Chorus, Nancy B. Granert, conductor.
Northeastern 247 (1994)

Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor; Larry Allen, organ.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

Christopher Trueblood, conductor; Peter Becker, organ.
Priory 629 (2000)

Romeo and Juliet - flute and gutar [1977]
Ingrid Dingfelder, flute; Herbert Levine, guitar.
CRI SD 394 (1978)
CRI ACS-6007 (1985)

Fenwick Smith, flute; David Leisner, guitar.
Etcetera KTC 1184 (1997)

Sunday Morning - orchestra [1977]
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Louis Lane, conductor.
New World NW-353 (1988)
New World 80353 (1992)

Whales, Weep Not! - flute and piano [1978] - not found in any other source, may be spurious
Donna Wissinger, flute; Jon Klibonoff, piano.
Eroica Classical 3031 (2000)

"O Magnum Mysterium" - SATB chorus [1978]
Memphis Boy Choir and Memphis Chamber Choir, John Ayer, conductor.
Pro Organo 7039 (1993)

"Shout the Glad Tidings" - SATB chorus [1978]
Kansas City Chorale, Charles Bruffy, conductor.
Nimbus NI 5413 (1994)
Nimbus NI 7034 (1996)

Concordia Choir, Rene Clausen, director.
Concordia Recordings 2282 (1999)

Memphis Boy Choir and Memphis Chamber Choir, John Ayer, conductor.
Pro Organo 7123 (2000)

Nantucket Songs - voice and piano [1979]
Phyllis Bryn-Julson, mezzo-soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1979-10-30 (First Performance).
LWO 15629
RWD 5158

Phyllis Bryn-Julson, mezzo-soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
CRI SD-485 (1983)
CRI 657 (1993)
CRI 670 (1994)
No.2: "The Dance," No.3: "Nantucket," No.4: "Go Lovely Rose" only .
CRI 721 (1996)
No.2: "The Dance," No.3: "Nantucket," No.4: "Go Lovely Rose," and No.10: "The Dancer" only.

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222, (2000)
No. 9: "Ferry Me Across the Water" only.

Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)
No. 3: "Nantucket" only.

After Reading Shakespeare - cello [1979]
Sharon Robinson, cello.
Grenadilla 1065 (1982)

Richard Slavich, cello.
Crystal CD 639 (1997)

Santa Fe Songs - voice, piano and string trio [1980]
Kurt Ollmann, baritone;. American String Quartet.
Arizona Chamber Music 95102 (1996)

Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano; Ensemble Oriol, string trio.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)
Song Nos. 2. "Opus 101," 4. "Sonnet," 8. "The Wintry Mind," and 12. "The Sowers" only.
"The Wintry Mind" also on Warner Classics 49709, 2004

Suite - guitar [1980]
Joseph Breznikar, guitar.
Coronet LPS-3115 (1980)

Stephen Robinson, guitar.
Centaur CRC 2204 (1995)

David Leisner, guitar.
Azica 71218 (2002)

"Let's Take a Walk" - voice and piano [198?]
Rosalind Rees, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
GSS 104 (1984)
Premier PRCD 1035 (1995)

Winter Pages - clarinet, bassoon, piano, violin, cello [1981]
Todd Palmer, clarinet; Frank Morelli, bassoon; Charles Wadsworth, piano; Ida Kavafian, violin; Fred Sherry, cello.
New World 80416 (1992)

Views from the Oldest House - organ [1981]
Catherine Crozier, organ.
Delos 3076 (1988)

unknown organist, organ.
Pro Organo - unknown issue (2002)

"Little Lamb, Who Made Thee?" - SATB chorus and organ [1982]
Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor; Larry Allen, organ.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

"Praise the Lord O My Soul" - SATB chorus and organ [1982]
Choir of Men and Boys of St. Thomas' Church [NYC], Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock, organ.
Argo 425-800-2 (1990)

Dever St, John's Episcopal Cathedral Choirs, Donald Pearson, conductor; Eric Plutz, organ.
Delos 3149 (1994)

"Mercy and Truth Are Met" - SATB chorus and organ [1982]
Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor; Larry Allen, organ.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

Dances - cello and piano [1983]
Sharon Robinson, cello; Margo Gerritt, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1986-05-09.
RWB 2976-77

Picnic on the Marne - saxophone and piano [1983]
Kyle Horch, saxophone; Pamela Lidiard, piano.
Clarinet Classics 46 (2003)

Violin Concerto [1984]
Gideon Kramer, violin; New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein, conductor.
Deutsche Grammophon 429 231-2 (1991)
Deutsche Grammophon 455 185-2 (1999)
Deutsche Grammophon 218 412-2 (2004)

"Pilgrim Strangers" - six male voices [1984]
Chanticleer, voices.
Chanticleer CR 8804 (1991)

String Symphony - string orchestra [1985]
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw, conductor.
New World NW-353 (1988)
New World 80353 (1992)

End of Summer - clarinet, violin and piano [1985]
Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet; Gary Kirkpatrick, piano; Walter Verdehr, violin.
Crystal 742 (1993)

Elm City String Quartet.
Newport Classic 85663 (2000)

Rolf Shulte, violin; Judith Olson, piano; Delores Stevens, piano; Thomas Piercy, clarinet.
Albany TROY 520 (2002)

The Fibonacci Sequence.
Naxos 8.559128 (2003)

Seven Motets for the Church Year - SATB Chorus [1986]
Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

New York Concert Singers, Judith Clurman, conductor.
New World Records 80592 (2001)
"While All Things Were in Quiet Silence" only.

Song and Dance - piano [1986]
Patricia Laliberte, piano.
Contemporary Recording Studios CRS 9049 (1990)

"What Is Pink?" - Treble voices and piano [1987]
American Boychoir.
Virgin Classics unknown issue (198?)

Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor; Larry Allen, piano.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

Bright Music - flute, 2 violins, cello, piano [1988]
Marya Martin, flute; Ani Kavafian and Ida Kavafian, violins; Fred Sherry, cello; Andre-Michel Schub, piano.
New World 80416 (1992)

The Fibonacci Sequence.
Naxos 8.559128 (2003)

"Lead Kindly, Light" - SATB chorus [1988]
Connecticut Choral Artists Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

"Are You the New Person?" - voice and piano [1989]
Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"Full of Life Now" - voice and piano [1989]
Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

"Love Alone" - TTBB chorus and piano, four hands [1989]
Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor; David Westfall and Carol Allen, piano.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)
"Here" only.

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles.
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles - unknown issue (1991)

"Breathe on Me, Breath of God" - SATB chorus [1989]
Unknown chorus, David Westfall, conductor.
Arkay - unknown issue (1997)

Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor.
Albany TROY 307 (1998)

St. Paul's Episcopal Church Choir, Frank Boles, conductor.
Pro Organo 7058 (2001)

Diversions - horn, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba [1989]
Brass Ring.
Crystal CD 564 (1997)

Organbook I-III [1989-90]
Complete recording books I-III.
Delbert Disselhorst, organ.
Arkay - unknown issue (1993)

"Fantasy" from Book I
Ronald Prowse, organ.
Albany TROY 398 (2000)

"Eli, Eli lama sabachthani" from Book II
Ronald Prowse, organ.
Albany TROY 398 (2000)

"Magnificat" from Book II
Peter Stoltzfus, organ.
Koch International Classics 3-7285 (1995)

"Impromptu" from Book III
Dennis Janzer, organ.
Raven Records - unknown issue (1999)

Organbook III
Ronald Prowse, organ.
Albany TROY 398 (2000)

String Quartet No. 3 [1991]
Mendelssohn String Quartet.
Newport Classic 85657 (1999)

Spring Music - violin, cello and piano [1991]
Beaux Arts Trio.
Library of Congress Concert 1991-10-24 and 1991-10-25.
RGA 3352-3355
RWD 7025

Beaux Arts Trio.
Polygram 38866 (1994)

Concerto for Piano Left Hand - piano and orchestra [1991]
Gary Graffman, piano; Curtis Institute Orchestra, Andre Previn, conductor.
New World 80445 (1994)

"O God, My Heart is Ready" (Psalm 108) - SATB chorus, keyboard [1992]
St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Peter Stoltzfus, organ.
Koch International Classics 3-7285 (1995)

"A Dream of Nightingales" - voice and piano [1992]
Kurt Ollmann, baritone; Ned Rorem, piano.
Harmonia Mundi HMU 907602 (1994)

Concerto for English Horn - English horn and orchestra [1992]
Tom Stacy, English horn; Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael Palmer, conductor.
New World 80489 (1995)

Variations - 2 pianos [1995]
Irena Elkina and Julia Elkina, pianos .
Vanguard Classics 106 (1999)

Tomoko Mack and Yuki Mack, pianos.
MSR Classics 1038 (2001)

Arianna Goldina and Remy Loumbrozo, pianos.
Phoenix USA 138 (2001)

More Than a Day - song cycle for counter-tenor and orchestra [1995]
Brain Asawa, counter-tenor; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane, conductor.
RCA 63512 (2000)

String Quartet No. 4 [1995]
Emerson String Quartet.
Deutsche Grammophon 453 506-2 (1998)
Deutsche Grammophon 140 802-2 (2003)

"Exaltabo te, Domine" - SATB chorus and organ. [1996]
St. Thomas Men and Boys Choir, Gerre Hancock, conductor; Judith Hancock, organ.
Priory 629 (2000)

Autumn Music - violin and piano [1996-97]
Ida Kavafian, violin; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1998-10-23.
RGA 5207-5208

Judith Ingolfsson, violin; Unknown pianist.
Catalpa 30101 (2000)

Six Pieces for Organ [1997]
Ronald Prowse, organ.
Albany TROY 398 (2000)

Evidence of Things Not Seen - voices and piano [1997]
Monique McDonald, soprano; Delores Ziegler, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Ollmann, baritone; Rufus Muller, tenor; Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, piano.
Library of Congress Concert 1998-04-18.
RGA 4299

Monique McDonald, soprano; Delores Ziegler, mezzo-soprano; Kurt Ollmann, baritone; Rufus Muller, tenor; Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, piano.
New World 80575 (1999)

An Oboe Book - oboe and piano [1999]
Humbert Lucarelli, oboe; Delores Stevens, piano.
Albany TROY 520 (2002)

Four Poems without Words - clarinet, double bass and piano [c.2001]
[Arrangements for clarinet, double bass, and piano of the songs "Lullaby," "Far, Far Away," "Jeanie," and "Full of Life Now"]
Saskia Lane, double Bass; Judith Olson, piano; Delores Stevens, piano; Thomas Piercy, clarinet.
Albany TROY 520 (2002)

"Aftermath" - medium voice, violin, cello and piano [2001-02]
James Kee, baritone; Mikael Eliasen, piano; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Jose Maria Blumenschein, violin.
Albany 761-62 (2005)

Of Unknown Composition Date

"Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" [after Stephan Foster] - voice and piano
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

"How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me, O Lord?" - SATB chorus and strings
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Choir, Frank Boles, conductor.
Pro Organo 7058 (2001)

"Behold How Good and Pleasant It Is" - SATB chorus and strings
St. Paul's Episcopal Church Choir, Frank Boles, conductor.
Pro Organo 7058 (2001)

Selected CDs - All Contents Listed Separately

Choral Music of Ned Rorem
Connecticut Choral Artists, Richard Coffey, conductor; Larry Allen, organ and piano; David Westfall and Carol Allen, piano. Albany TROY 307 (1998)

Songs of Ned Rorem
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano; Ensemble Oriol, string trio.
Erato 8573-80222 (2000)

Selected Songs
Carole Farley, soprano; Ned Rorem, piano.
Naxos 8.559084 (2001)

Recorded Talks

National Press Club
Oct. 27-28, 1983
RWB 3089, A1-2

"The World of George Gershwin."
Library of Congress Talk 1998-03-16. 2:15 PM
RWE 0538


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