inspired by and dedicated to Marc Peloquin
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Having written a wind quintet for the Dorians, upon which they lavished playing of great precision and elegance, I was warmly disposed towards them. So it was no surprise when, in a burst of friendship I blurted out, "Is there a piece of music you all wished-no dreamed-had been written for wind quintet? I will transcribe for your Quintet anything you choose".

After much conversation the players settled upon Shubert's song "An die Musik" - a little miracle in two verses which is often the last song sung on the last recital of a distinguished lieder singer's concluding career.

My dear friend and piano-champion, Marc Peloquin, heard this arrangement and posited: "David, I think it would also sound well on the piano". He began then to transcribe my transcription which started me thinking: Could this become the basis of a grand piano fantasy much as, in 1978, I transmuted my chaste Acrostic Song into a gleaming, grandiose Virtuoso Alice? Yes, I decided, it could work and set to the task quickly and with passion.

To Music is the result- 9 minutes that Franz Schubert might have written had he been enamored of Richard Wagner and at the same time a piano student of Franz Liszt!

– David Del Tredici

Recent & Upcoming Performances (2)

Aug 7, 2016 4:00 pm
Ode To Music [World Premiere]
Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Beth Levin, piano

Pianist Beth Levin offers the wold premiere of Del Tredici's ODE TO MUSIC. Alao on the program, Schubert Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959 and Brahms Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Aug 16, 2016 6:00 pm
Ode To Music Cornelia Street Cafe
Cornelia Street Cafe
  • Beth Levin, piano

An evening of poetry and music to include Betrh Levin performing Ode To Music. Will also feature poetry by Carol Hebald.

Recordings (1)

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    Bright Circle

    2017, Navona (NV6074)



    • Beth Levin, piano