Year
1958
Duration
7'
Category
Piano
Premiere
August 1, 1958
Aspen Music festival, Aspen, CO
David Del Tredici, piano
Dedication
Dedicated to Bernhard Abramowitsch
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Boosey & Hawkes

Soliloquy is not only my first composition, but also my most dissonant. Written in the summer of 1958 at the Aspen Music Festival, it is a fantasy based on the minor second chords heard at the opening. The central portion becomes more excited and energetic, and the end, again more calm, is a variation of the beginning. Soliloquy is dedicated to my beloved piano teacher Bernhard Abramowitsch, but its composition was ironically prompted by my unhappiness in studying, that 1958 summer, under a far less congenial man. It is a fantasy based on the minor second chords heard at the opening. The central portion becomes more excited and virtuosic, and the end, again more calm, is a variation of the beginning.

– David Del Tredici

"This work is coupled with his first work, Soliloquy (1958), which shows a young composer coming to grips with the predominant idiom of his age — the atonal, expressionstic, intense gesture."


"The Soliloquy is genius bursting full forth: it is almost difficult to believe that a work of such complexity could be a first anything."

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    Piano Music by Del Tredici, Perle and Thorne

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    1992, New World Records

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