Ned Rorem on Composing Classical Music

August 29, 2004

At age 80, Ned Rorem is among the pre-eminent American composers at work today.  He tells Jim Fleming that the world of classical music is all about money today and that performers seem to matter even more than the music.  Rorem complains that contemporary audiences fail to support living composers, although they do continue to admire new work in other genres. And we hear some of Rorem’s music.