Ned Rorems’s Picnic on the Marne (1967)

Ned Rorems’s Picnic on the Marne (1967)

Rorem’s bitchy recollection of a “collapsed romance” inspired Picnic on the Marne: Seven Waltzes. The romance with Claude Benedick was hot in the 1950s, but by 1967 all that was left was rancor.  He spews his anger in The New York Diary; “Sweet memories,”...
Paul Bowles & James Schuyler’s A Picnic Cantata (1953)

Paul Bowles & James Schuyler’s A Picnic Cantata (1953)

Paul Bowles and James Schuyler’s performance piece A Picnic Cantata: for Four Women’s Voices, Two Pianos, and Percussion (1954) is delightfully silly. It is a picnic that is happy and makes no sense. The music by Paul Bowles’ and the libretto by James Schuyler...