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David Del Tredici

Biography

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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  • 1.
    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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  • 2.
    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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    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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    Del Tredici: Vintage Alice, Syzygy, Etc / L. Shelton
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447753 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  Michiel Van Dijk,  Hans Wesseling,  Leo Van Oostrem,  Lucy Shelton  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ASKO Ensemble
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    Del Tredici: Secret Music / Plitmann, Trakas, Kelly, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 878 Release Date: 05/29/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  David Del Tredici,  John Kelly,  Christopher Trakas,  Hila Plitmann
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  • 6.
    Solo Flights - Composers Collaborative
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 864 Release Date: 11/21/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jed Distler,  Virgil Thomson,  Andrew Violette,  Leopold Godowsky  ... 
    Performer:  Jed Distler,  Andrew Violette,  Robert Helps,  Kathleen Supové  ... 
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    Savage: An Eye-sky Symphony / Musicians Accord, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 790 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Savage
    Performer:  David Del Tredici,  Sara Laimon,  Julie Rosenfeld,  Theodore Mook  ... 
    Conductor:  Joel Eric Suben
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Musicians' Accord
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  • 8.
    American Masters - Robert Helps: Symphony No 1, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 717 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Helps
    Performer:  Bethany Beardslee,  David Del Tredici,  William Masselos,  Robert Helps
    Conductor:  Zoltán Rozsnyai,  Gunther Schuller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  American Composers Orchestra
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    Gay American Composers
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 721 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Helps,  Lee Hoiby,  Lou Harrison,  Chester Biscardi  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Helps,  Peter Stewart,  Lee Hoiby,  Hank Dutt  ... 
    Conductor:  Bradley Lubman,  William Hibbard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kronos Quartet
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  • 10.
    American Masters - David Del Tredici: I Hear An Army, Etc
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 689 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  Phyllis Bryn-Julson,  Michael Rudiakov,  Jean Dupouy,  Anahid Ajemian  ... 
    Conductor:  David Del Tredici,  Richard Duffalo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Composers String Quartet,  Marlboro Festival Orchestra members,  Festival Orchestra
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    Josten: Jungle, Concerto Sacro, Symphony In F
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 597 Release Date: 04/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Werner Josten
    Performer:  David Del Tredici
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  William Strickland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  American Symphony Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 12.
    New Chamber And Solo Music By Del Tredici, Helps, Et Al
    Label: Composers Recordings, Inc. (Cri)   Catalog: 649 Release Date: 06/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Helps,  Tison Street,  Jan Radzynski,  David Del Tredici
    Performer:  Brett Dean,  Per Sporrong,  Frank Dodge,  Mi-Kyung  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum,  Aviv String Quartet
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