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