DAVID DEL TREDICI
David Del Tredici is recognized as America's foremost exponent of the return to tonality in composition, from his acclaimed works based on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to a floodgate of song settings embracing
the broad spectrum of recent American poetry.
Born in Cloverdale, California in 1937, Del Tredici started out as a piano prodigy, while his composing aspirations were encouraged by Darius Milhaud. His earlier works reflect his serial training, although their humorous allusions and bristling energy foreshadow the tonal pathways to come.
Since the mid-seventies, nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble can boast of at least one Del Tredici commission to their credit. Both Final Alice and In Memory of a Summer Day (part one of Child Alice) generated best-selling recordings; and the latter piece also earned Del Tredici the Pulitzer Prize. Other compositional honors include Guggenheim and Woodrow Wilson fellowships, the Brandeis and Friedheim Awards, grants from the NEA, and election to The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Currently Distinguished Professor of Music at The City College
of New York, Del Tredici will teach in Fall of 2000 at Yale University.
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