Discipline: Music Composition

David Del Tredici

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1996, 1997, 1998

Composer David Del Tredici is widely considered the pioneer of the Neo-Romantic movement in music. His work not only forged for himself a fresh compositional path, but also gave hope to a generation of young composers seeking a new way of creating music. Del Tredici has received numerous awards and has been performed by nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 for In Memory of a Summer Day for soprano and orchestra.

Many of Del Tredici’s early works were inspired by the writings of James Joyce and Lewis Carroll. His Alice in Wonderland settings, which were written over a span of more than 25 years (1968-1995), included Final Alice and In Memory of a Summer Day, which both became best-selling classical music recordings. More recently, Del Tredici has set to music inspired by contemporary American poets, often celebrating a gay sensibility. These compositions, including Gay Life and Love Addiction, have garnered Del Tredici considerable media attention. He has twice been named one of Out Magazine’s “People of the Year.” Del Tredici’s work has been performed by chamber ensembles and orchestras globally and recorded on more than a dozen labels, earning him a Grammy nomination for Best New Classical Composition in 2007. Del Tredici was a Fellow at MacDowell 18 times between 1965 and 1998. He has been on the faculties of Harvard and Boston Universities, and for more than 25 years, distinguished professor of music at The City College of New York. He lives in Manhattan’s West Village.



David Del Tredici worked in the Watson studio.

Built in 1916 in memory of Regina Watson of Chicago, a musician and teacher, this studio was donated by a group of her friends, along with funds for its maintenance. Originally designed to serve as a composers’ studio and recital hall for chamber music, the latter purpose was soon found to be too disruptive to…

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