Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: D is for David Del Tredici

A2Z-BADGE-0002015-LifeisGood-230_zps660c38a0 This is day 4 of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge in which I attempt to blog every day (excepting Sundays) throughout the month of April. For this challenge, I am curating a collection of “classical” music pieces, which are lesser known or by lesser known composers (to me at least).Today’s composer is David Del Tredici

David Del Tredici studied with and remained friends with Aaron Copland until the latter’s death. Copland’s style influenced his work and he abandonded youthful attempts in the early 1960s to compose in the serialist manner. He is considered one of the Neo-Romantics which also goes back to him having been trained as a classical pianist playing the Romantic works. He also has written a number of works inspired by literature, including the works of James Joyce and Lewis Carroll. Today’s piece, Acrostic Song comes from his opera “Final Alice” based on “Alice in Wonderland”. I saw this work premiered in Bloomington, Indiana at its school of music in 1978 or 1979. There is a joke at the end of the piece when the soprana counts out loud in Italian from 1-13, the last of which is “Tredici.”

I am ashamed to say I thought it was too modern for me at that point in my life. Listening to it now, how could I have been so blind? Better “go ask Alice, though she’s ten feet tall.”

The composer’s Wikipedia page David Del Tredici


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5 Responses to Blogging from A to Z April Challenge: D is for David Del Tredici

  1. kvennarad says:

    Interesting stuff. I think it’s stretching it a little making D stand for ‘Del’, though. It’s a little like filing Ludwig van Beethoven under ‘V’. 🙂

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