Compositional process

Reflections | David Del Tredici
Bt_movie_not_in_use First, process was improvisation. Later, work at piano when he felt like it. 00h:00m:35s
Bt_movie_not_in_use Then removed himself from the piano to collect notebooks of ideas. 00h:01m:02s
Bt_movie_not_in_use After going to body electric, output was more involuntary. 00h:01m:41s
Bt_movie_not_in_use "Have never begun a piece that didn't first sound horrible" 00h:02m:28s


Composer David Del Tredici describes his compositional process

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David Del Tredici

Generally recognized as the father of the Neo-Romantic movement in music, David Del Tredici has received numerous awards (including the Pulitzer Prize) and has been commissioned and performed by nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble. Much of his early work consisted of elaborate vocal settings of James Joyce (I Hear an Army; Night Conjure-Verse; Syzygy) and Lewis Carroll (Pop-Pourri, An Alice Symphony, Vintage Alice and Adventures Underground, to name just a few). More recently, Mr. Del Tredici has set to music a cavalcade of contemporary American poets. Over the past several years he has ventured into the more intimate realm of chamber music with String Quartet No. 1, Grand Trio (brought to life by the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio and recently printed by Boosey & Hawkes), and a large number of solo-piano works (Gotham Glory, Three Gymnopedies, Ballad in Yellow, S/M Ballade, and Aeolian Ballade).