About David Del Tredici

"What I heard was what you would expect: exuberantly virtuosic music, extravagantly tuneful, frequently pitched at frenzy’s edge. It was thrilling, overwhelming, historic." —The Boston Globe

With the appearance in 1976 of Final Alice, David Del Tredici's hour-long setting of Lewis Carroll for high soprano and large orchestra, a new movement in music, Neo-Romanticism, was born. Not only did Del Tredici forge for himself a fresh compositional path, but at the same time gave hope to a …

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Composer David Del Tredici speaks about his early musical experiences and a pivotal summer at the Aspen Music Festival when Darius Milhaud heard Del Tredici's first composition, among other topics.

Filmed at The Jazz Standard, NYC

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The Alice Works

David Del Tredici's musical involvement with "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" began in 1968 with the composition of Pop-Pourri, a "Cantata of the Sacred and Profane" which set 'Turtle Soup' from "Alice's Adventures..." and 'Jabberwocky' from "Through the Looking Glass..." alongside the Litany of the Blessed Virgin and a Lutheran chorale (in a harmonization by Bach).

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Upcoming Performances

Sep 7, 2017 8:00 pm
Premiere of Many Hands
Leonard Nimoy Thalia, 2537 Broadway, New York 10025
  • Marc Peloquin, piano

David Del Tredici has a champion in pianist Marc Peloquin who ​will premiere​ a major new work for solo piano-Many Hands-on September 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia. Many Hands is a virtuoso exploration of the outer reaches of piano technique. The work includes every possibility of hand simultaneities--that is to say music for left hand alone, right hand alone (very rare!), as well as the conventional two hands together (however the composer does not ask ​the pianist​ to play with his nose--a "trick" attributed to the young J.S. Bach) . The program also includes Peloquin​-Del Tredici favorites: the pianistic terror S/M Ballade (commissioned by Peloquin) and the recent autobiographical work in four movements​ entitled​, Late in the Game.

Celebrating more than a decade of collaboration​, Del Tredici​ credits Peloquin with seducing him ​to compose again for​ his first love--the piano. Del Tredici has said ​about Marc ​"his personal radiance, superior technique and musical ​imagination d​rew me in. I am forever in his debt”.

A New York Times critic ​has said ​"​Marc Peloquin’s energetic approach yielded a performance that was refreshing and alive. Individual lines rang out with remarkable definition and clarity.” ​ "An ​i​nnovative ivory tickler​"​ ​declared​ Time Out, ​Marc Peloquin ​has appeared in a wide range of venues such as The Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Town Hall, Bargemusic, the Kennedy Center, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Gardner Museum and the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. He has recorded for the Albany, C.R.I. and Naxos labels and is the founder and curator of the KeyedUp Music Project concert series in New York City which is celebrating its eighth season.

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