David Del Tredici

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Born: March 16, 1937; Cloverdale, CA   
David Del Tredici will probably be best remembered as the leading figure of the neo-Romantic movement. For much of his career he has also been associated with Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the inspirational source for a series of large compositions by Del Tredici, including Vintage Alice (1972), Final Alice (1975), and In Memory of a Summer Day (1980), which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Del Tredici began his compositional Read more career writing music influenced by serial techniques. But he gradually abandoned them in favor of neo-Romanticism. Most of Del Tredici's more popular compositions are cast in an accessible, melody-based, mostly tonal style. Beside his accomplishments as a composer, Del Tredici is a talented pianist and has served as one of the finest composition teachers of his time, numbering John Adams and Tison Street among his students.

Del Tredici was born in Cloverdale, CA, on March 16, 1937. He was an accomplished pianist in his teens, debuting with the San Francisco Symphony at seventeen. He enrolled at Berkeley in 1955 to study piano under Bernard Abramowitsch, but later switched to composition, his teachers including Seymour Shifrin and Andrew Imbrie. Del Tredici had further studies at Princeton with Roger Sessions and Earl Kim. Though Del Tredici had some degree of success in many of his early works, like Night Conjure-Verse (1965) and Syzygy (1966), both for vocal soloist and chamber ensemble, he began drawing greater attention with the 'Alice' works that began with An Alice Symphony in 1969.

Gradually Del Tredici abandoned twelve-tone techniques, so that by 1980 his award-winning In Memory of a Summer Day was free of them altogether. In 1985 Del Tredici turned away from Lewis Carroll and produced the orchestral work March to Tonality. Other non-literary orchestral compositions followed: Tattoo (1986) and Steps (1990). Del Tredici reverted to Lewis Carroll once more with his 1995 opera Dum Dee Tweedle. From 1996-2000 Del Tredici took on a more personal expressive manner, producing a song cycle, Gay Life, on texts by Allen Ginsburg, Garcia Lorca, and others.

In the new century Del Tredici has remained quite active in composition, producing such works as A Field Manual (2008), for soprano, baritone and chamber ensemble. He is also on the faculty at City University of New York, where he has taught composition since 1984. He has also held numerous other teaching posts, including at Manhattan School of Music (1991-1993) and Juilliard (1993-1996). Read less
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    Music Of Xenakis, Del Tredici, Stockhausen, Cage And Crumb
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 3265 Release Date: 03/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Iannis Xenakis,  David Del Tredici,  Karlheinz Stockhausen,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  Max Neuhaus,  Jan DeGaetani
    Conductor:  Richard Dufallo,  Richard Wernick
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Festival Chamber Ensemble,  Penn Contemporary Players
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    In 27 Pieces - The Hilary Hahn Encores
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001910302 Release Date: 11/11/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franghiz Ali-Zadeh,  Somei Satoh,  Du Yun,  David Lang  ... 
    Performer:  Hilary Hahn,  Cory Smythe
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    25 X 25 (25 Premieres For 25 Years) / Rosenbaum, New York Virtuoso Singers
    Label: Soundbrush Records   Catalog: 1027 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  Michael Stuckey,  Fred Lerdahl,  John Harbison  ... 
    Conductor:  Harold Rosenbaum
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Virtuoso Singers
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    David Del Tredici: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559680 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  Marc Peloquin
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    Songs Of Smaller Creatures And Other American Choral Works
    Label: Cedille Records   Catalog: 131 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Abbie Betinis,  Lee Kesselman,  Eric Whitacre,  Stacy Garrop  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Bell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grant Park Chorus
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    13 Ways Of Looking At The Goldberg: Bach Reimagined
    Label: Tritone Records   Catalog: 59140 Release Date: 09/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fred Lerdahl,  Jennifer Higdon,  Bright Sheng,  Derek Bermel  ... 
    Performer:  Lara Downes
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    Something To Sing About
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1268 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Paul Chihara,  John Corigliano,  Stanley Silverman  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Kirchner,  Joel Fan,  William Schimmel,  Dwayne Burno  ... 
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    Mad Dances - Larsen, Isaacs, Albright, Diamond, Del Tredici / Goble, Hirshfield
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1251 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Libby Larsen,  Kevin Jay Isaacs,  William Albright,  David Diamond  ... 
    Performer:  Dan Goble,  Russell Hirshfield
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 294 Release Date: 10/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  David Diamond
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  Robert Helps,  David Del Tredici
    Conductor:  Charles Wuorinen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Composers String Quartet,  String Ensemble
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    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 243 Release Date: 08/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  Philip Norman Batstone,  Alden Ashforth
    Performer:  Benita Valente,  Mary Burgess,  Bethany Beardslee,  Victoria Bond
    Conductor:  David Del Tredici,  John Dare
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Marlboro Festival Orchestra members,  UCLA Chamber Ensemble
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    Rapport - Vocal Chamber Works
    Label: Navona   Catalog: 5827 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Brendan McConville,  Paul A. Epstein,  Hendrik Hofmeyr,  Norman Mathews  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Dykstra,  Tim Gilmore,  Krista River,  Michal Shein  ... 
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    American Handstands - Golan, Del Tredici, Cipullo, Oldfather
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1154 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tom Cipullo,  Eric Moe,  David Del Tredici,  Leo Ornstein
    Performer:  Jeanne Golan,  Christopher Oldfather
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    Del Tredici: In Memory of a Summer Day / Slatkin, Bryn-Julson
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79043 Release Date: 11/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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    Music From America's First & Second Cities - Muczynski, Gershwin, Sowerby, Del Tredici
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2997 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John La Montaine,  David Del Tredici,  Leo Sowerby,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Graff
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    Innocence Lost - Debussy, Berg, Currier, Hyla, Tredici, Etc / Nessinger, Golan
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1113 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Eleanor Sandresky,  Jorge Martín,  Sebastian Currier  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Golan,  Mary Nessinger
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    Tanya Bannister - This Is The Story She Began
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1087 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sheila Silver,  Chris Theofanidis,  Suzanne Farrin,  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  Tanya Bannister
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    Jubilee Games - Leonard Bernstein, Ned Rorem, Del Tredici
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 429231 Release Date: 10/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ned Rorem,  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  José Eduardo Chama,  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic
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    Del Tredici: Dracula & Alice / Plitmann, Et Al
    Label: Innova   Catalog: 669 Release Date: 04/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  David Del Tredici,  Hila Plitmann
    Conductor:  David Del Tredici
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Chamber Symphony
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    Tredici: Final Alice / Hendricks, Solti, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4429955 Release Date: 03/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  Herman Troppe,  Frederick Hemke,  Robert Black,  Barbara Hendricks  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    To Have And To Hold / Sequitur
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7593 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott Wheeler,  Ramona Luengen,  David Lang,  Anne LeBaron  ... 
    Performer:  Marianne Gythfeldt,  Greg Hesselink,  Joe [Double Bass] Carver,  Dora Ohrenstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hostetter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sequitur
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    Push / Berz, Rutgers Wind Ensemble
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 6718 Release Date: 12/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Walter Hartley,  Rob Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  William Berz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rutgers Wind Ensemble
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  • 22.
    Del Tredici, Theofanidis, Bernstein / Spano, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80638 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  Chris Theofanidis,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Hila Plitmann,  Brett Polegato,  Richard Clement,  Nancy Maultsby
    Conductor:  Robert Spano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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    Del Tredici, Theofanidis, Bernstein / Spano, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 60638 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  Chris Theofanidis,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Hila Plitmann,  Richard Clement,  Brett Polegato,  Nancy Maultsby
    Conductor:  Robert Spano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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    Barber: Agnus Dei / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16031 Release Date: 04/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici,  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland,  Steve Reich  ... 
    Performer:  Nicola-Jane Kemp,  Sarah Leonard,  Fiona Clarke,  Nigel Short  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen
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  • 25.
    David Del Tredici: Two Song Cycles / Del Tredici, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1152 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  Hila Plitmann,  David Del Tredici,  Miriam Abramowitsch
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