By Ned Rorem
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Or did. Edouard Roditi, honoring the song he admires yet can't make, has despatched me a silver baton. Did he fail to remember he gave me one years in the past in long island? Has he trunks choked with them? Marie Laure speaks of contemporary chicken-breeding: Ils naissent dans leurs cercueils. Born within the coffin. No, Europe by no means took American “serious” tune heavily. France nonetheless doesn’t, yet that makes little distinction considering that France has surrendered to Germany her position as musical tastemaker. obviously this day the one track taken heavily via a person severe anyplace is that of Elvis Presley. definite, the revitalization of dodecaphonism recommenced no longer in Germany yet in France. One doesn’t ponder France as latching onto “systems”—schools, maybe (Impressionism, Surrealism, Dada), yet now not platforms. even though, after all, it isn't international locations yet people who make ideas in paintings. Cannes 1 August French renowned music has triple meter with narrational subject material in A-B-C shape. (“When our love used to be younger he checked out merely me; then he slept with my ally Annette; now, notwithstanding I’ve killed him and anticipate the guillotine, I’m content material figuring out we’ll quickly be jointly in heaven. ”) American renowned music has duple meter with static material in A-B-A shape. (“He doesn’t love me, possibly he'll the next day to come, yet he doesn’t this present day. ”) the yank relates a frame of mind, the French a kingdom of physique. the adaptation among the US and France is, within the greatest feel, the adaptation among Protestant experts and Catholic nonspecialists. what's the Beatles’ style? Being English they straddle the sea by way of describing little occasions, or storylets, which boost, which “happen” (but that are definitely below Piaf-type sagas), they usually do it in either duple and triple meter. The style is seminarrational. Passing via Cannes have been thirty American beatniks (do they nonetheless exist? ) with beards and stringy hair, guitarred boys and dungareed ladies all with copies of urban of evening. How sweetly nonresistant have been they to the police! how like silent gypsies their shadows crouched in the dark at the public seashore, how totally informal have been their almost-no-movements, how very younger, how beautiful! I regularly come right here as a gift after each weeks of labor. but it’s by no means a gift, this time extra sordid than ever. los angeles criminal de luxe. much less a necessity for self-expression than for self-justification. there's self-expression too, yet with extra métier and not more earnestness than two decades in the past. in addition to, what else should still I do? let alone work’s being a detour from loss of life. Time stops whilst paintings starts off. yet probably my top paintings is over. The unquestioned assumption that the simplest paintings lies forward! Hyères 15 August Mornings are satinier, French end result sweeter. Having via selection no love, i believe loose. Being gradually at paintings, have at least hope past the night scent of black petunias within the park alongside the road des Iles d’Or which sometimes I cruise halfheartedly. due to the fact that i will be able to in basic terms stay excessively, i'm excessively reasonable this present day as I compose to the accompaniment of Marie Laure’s brush strokes in her atelier round the corner.