A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

David Del Tredici

Birth icon
March 16, 1937: David Walter Del Tredici is born in Cloverdale, California, USA.
Performance icon
May 21, 1959: String Trio by David Del Tredici (22) is performed for the first time, in Herz Hall of the University of California, Berkeley.
Performance icon
March 1, 1961: Four Songs on Poems of James Joyce for voice and piano by David Del Tredici (23) is performed for the first time, in Herz Hall of the University of California, Berkeley.
Performance icon
September 9, 1963: Vexations for piano solo by Erik Satie (†38) is performed, possibly for the first time, in New York. The performance begins at 18:00 with a relay of ten pianists including John Cage (51), David Tudor, Christian Wolff (29), James Tenney (29), John Cale, David Del Tredici (26), and Joshua Rifkin.  Andy Warhol is in attendance and the experience has a major influence on his work.
Performance icon
August 12, 1964: I Hear an Army for soprano and string quartet by David Del Tredici (27) to words of Joyce, is performed for the first time, in Lenox, Massachusetts.
Performance icon
March 2, 1966: Night Conjure-Verse for soprano, mezzo-soprano or counter-tenor, and chamber ensemble by David Del Tredici (28) to words of Joyce, is performed for the first time, in San Francisco conducted by the composer.
Event icon
May 28, 1968: John Cage (55) is inducted into to the National Institute of Arts and Letters of the American Academy in New York. David Del Tredici (31) and Ned Rorem (44) receive music grants of $2,500.
Performance icon
November 14, 1969: The Lobster Quadrille no.2 of An Alice Symphony for amplified soprano, folk group, and orchestra by David Del Tredici (32) is performed for the first time, in Royal Festival Hall, London.
Performance icon
August 5, 1972: Vintage Alice for amplified soprano, folk group, and chamber orchestra by David Del Tredici (35) is performed for the first time, in Saratoga, California.
Performance icon
April 13, 1975: Adventures Underground for soprano, folk group, and orchestra by David Del Tredici (38) to words of Carroll, is performed for the first time, in Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo.
Performance icon
July 29, 1975: In Wonderland, scenes 2, 3, and 5 from An Alice Symphony for amplified soprano and orchestra by David Del Tredici (38), is performed for the first time, in Aspen, Colorado.
Performance icon
August 8, 1976: Illustrated Alice, nos. 1, 4, and 5 from An Alice Symphony for amplified soprano and orchestra by David Del Tredici (39) to words of Carroll, is performed for the first time, in San Francisco.
Performance icon
October 7, 1976: Final Alice for amplified soprano and folk group by David Del Tredici (39) to words of Carroll and Mee is performed for the first time, in Orchestra Hall, Chicago.
Performance icon
February 23, 1980: In Memory of a Summer Day, part one of Child Alice for amplified soprano and orchestra by David Del Tredici (42), is performed for the first time, in Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis. See 14 April 1980, 16 September 1980, 19 November 1981, and 27 April 1986.
Performance icon
September 16, 1980: Happy Voices from Child Alice part 2 by David Del Tredici (43) is performed for the first time, in San Francisco. See 23 February 1980, 19 November 1981, and 27 April 1986.
Performance icon
March 13, 1981: Interlude and Ecstatic Alice from In Memory of a Summer Day for amplified soprano and orchestra by David Del Tredici (43) is performed for the first time, in Bovard Auditorium, Los Angeles. See 23 February 1980.
Performance icon
May 8, 1981: All in the Golden Afternoon for amplified soprano and orchestra by David Del Tredici (44), to words of Carroll, is performed for the first time, at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia.
Performance icon
November 19, 1981: Quaint Events from Child Alice part 2 by David Del Tredici (44) is performed for the first time, in Slee Chamber Hall at SUNY Buffalo. See 23 February 1980, 16 September 1980 and 27 April 1986.
Performance icon
February 11, 1983: Two Songs on Poems of James Joyce for voice and piano by David Del Tredici (45) is performed for the first time, in the Kennedy Center, Washington.
Performance icon
June 22, 1983: Acrostic Paraphrase for harp by David Del Tredici (46) is performed for the first time, in Tempe, Arizona.
Performance icon
June 13, 1985: March to Tonality for orchestra by David Del Tredici (48) is performed for the first time, in Orchestra Hall, Chicago.
Performance icon
April 27, 1986: Child Alice for amplified soprano and orchestra by David Del Tredici (49) is performed completely for the first time, in Carnegie Hall, New York. See 23 February 1980, 16 September 1980, and 19 November 1981.
Performance icon
May 2, 1986: Haddock's Eyes for amplified soprano, flute or piccolo, clarinet, horn, trumpet, piano, two violins, viola, cello, and bass by David Del Tredici (49), to words of Carroll and Moore, is performed for the first time, in Alice Tully Hall, New York, the composer conducting.
Performance icon
January 30, 1987: Tattoo by Iannis Xenakis (64) and Tattoo for orchestra by David Del Tredici (49) are performed for the first time, in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
Performance icon
February 15, 1987: Acrostic Song for soprano and ten instruments by David Del Tredici (49), to words of Carroll, is performed for the first time, in St. Clemens Church, New York.
Performance icon
November 10, 1987: Virtuoso Alice for piano by David Del Tredici (50) is performed for the first time, in Alice Tully Hall, New York.
Performance icon
August 26, 1988: Three Chinese Love Songs for voice, viola, and piano by Bright Sheng (32) is performed for the first time, at Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts in celebration of the 70th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. Also premiered is Lenny B. a song for voice, violin, and piano by David Del Tredici (51) to words of Conarroe. The composer plays piano.
Performance icon
March 8, 1990: Steps for orchestra by David Del Tredici (52) is performed for the first time, in Avery Fisher Hall, New York.
Event icon
April 29, 1991: The first meeting of the board of the Aaron Copland (†0) Fund for Music takes place in New York. The board members, named by Copland in his will, include Elliott Carter (82), William Schuman (80), Arthur Berger (78), Jacob Druckman (62), and David Del Tredici (54). Jacob Druckman is chosen as president.
Performance icon
August 7, 1991: An Alice Symphony for soprano and orchestra by David Del Tredici (54) is performed for the first time, at Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts.
Performance icon
March 11, 1995: Heavy Metal Alice for brass quintet by David Del Tredici (57) is performed for the first time, in Detroit.
Performance icon
August 11, 1996: Cabbages and Kings for soprano, clarinet, four violins, chorus, and orchestra by David Del Tredici (59), to words of Carroll, is performed for the first time, in Avery Fisher Hall, New York.
Performance icon
October 29, 1996: Opposites Attract (Portrait of Virgil Thomson) for piano by David Del Tredici (59) is performed for the first time, at the New School, New York by the composer to celebrate the centennial of Virgil Thomson (†7).
Performance icon
May 12, 1997: Classical Action Variations for orchestra is performed for the first time, in Alice Tully Hall, New York. It consists of an original theme by Jonathan Sheffer followed by variations by composers including David Del Tredici (60), William Bolcom (59), and John Corigliano (58). It is a benefit for the organization Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS.
Performance icon
December 1, 1997: Ballad in Yellow for piano by David Del Tredici (60) is performed for the first time, in New York.
Performance icon
February 14, 1998: Cello Acrostic for cello by David Del Tredici (60) is performed for the first time, at the University of South Florida.
Performance icon
October 27, 1998: Chana’s Story, a cycle for voice and piano by David Del Tredici (61) to words of Bloch, is performed for the first time, in San Francisco the composer at the keyboard.
Performance icon
June 9, 1999: Three Baritone Songs for voice and piano by David Del Tredici (62) to words of Rumi, Klein, and Manrique, is performed for the first time, in Weill Recital Hall, New York the composer at the keyboard.
Performance icon
February 3, 2000: Honey Money Loves for soprano, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, viola, and double bass by David Del Tredici (62) to words of Inez is performed for the first time, in Joe’s Pub, New York.
Performance icon
April 28, 2000: Miz Inez Sez, a cycle for voice and piano by David Del Tredici (63) to words of Inez, is performed for the first time, in Miller Theatre, New York.
Performance icon
May 3, 2001: Gay Life for baritone and orchestra by David Del Tredici (64) to words of five authors is performed for the first time, in Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco.
Performance icon
May 12, 2001: Music to Kelly’s play Brother by David Del Tredici (64) is performed for the first time, at PS 122 in New York, the composer playing piano.
Performance icon
December 4, 2001: Lament for the Death of a Bullfighter, a cycle for voice and piano by David Del Tredici (64), to words of Beckman, is performed for the first time, in Weill Recital Hall, New York, the composer at the keyboard. Also premiered by Del Tredici is his Wildwood Etude for piano.
Performance icon
April 27, 2002: Four Heartfelt Anthems for chorus by David Del Tredici (65) to words of Stevenson, Burns and others are performed for the first time, at the 92nd Street Y, New York.
Performance icon
November 9, 2002: Grand Trio for piano, violin, and cello by David Del Tredici (65) is performed for the first time, in College Park, Maryland.
Performance icon
April 30, 2003: In Wartime for band by David Del Tredici (66) is performed for the first time, at the University of Texas, Austin.
Performance icon
February 19, 2004: Fantasy on “Nobody Knows” for baritone and orchestra by David Del Tredici (67) is performed for the first time, in Saratoga Springs, New York. Also premiered is Ain’t Goin’ to Study War No Mo’ for baritone and chamber ensemble by John Harbison (65).
Performance icon
April 27, 2004: My Goldberg (Gymnopedie) for piano by David Del Tredici (67) is performed for the first time, in Alice Tully Hall, New York.
Performance icon
May 29, 2004: On Wings of Song, a cycle for soprano and piano by David Del Tredici (67) to words of various authors, is performed for the first time, in Merkin Hall, New York, the composer at the keyboard.
Performance icon
February 1, 2005: String Quartet by David Del Tredici (67) is performed for the first time, in the Lyric Theatre of the College of Music, Denton, Texas.
Performance icon
March 15, 2005: Gotham Glory for piano by David Del Tredici is performed for the first time, in Zankel Hall, New York on the eve of the composer’s 68th birthday.
Performance icon
May 12, 2005: Paul Revere’s Ride for soprano, chorus, and orchestra by David Del Tredici (68) to words of Longfellow is performed for the first time, in Symphony Hall, Atlanta. The dedication on the score reads: Written in Memory of the Victims of 9/11--Especially the firemen. The composer’s home is about two kilometers from the scene of the attacks.
Performance icon
October 6, 2005: Three Gymnopedies for piano by David Del Tredici (68) are performed completely for the first time, in Symphony Space, New York.
Performance icon
November 20, 2005: Rip Van Winkle for speaker and orchestra by David Del Tredici (68) to words of Warman, after Irving, is performed for the first time, in the Kennedy Center, Washington.
Performance icon
November 7, 2006: David Del Tredici’s (69) song On Learning On the Clearest Night Only 6000 Stars Are Visible to the Naked Eye is performed for the first time, at the National Arts Club, New York.
Performance icon
May 15, 2007: Brother, a cycle for voice and piano and ensemble by David Del Tredici (70) to words of Kelly, is performed for the first time, in Merkin Concert Hall, New York the composer at the piano. Also premiered is Del Tredici’s song cycle Love Addiction for voice and piano.
Performance icon
October 1, 2007: S/M Ballade for piano by David Del Tredici (70) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Space, New York.
Performance icon
March 10, 2008: Ballad in Lavender for piano by David Del Tredici (70) is performed for the first time, in Weill Recital Hall, New York.
Performance icon
April 20, 2008: Aeolian Ballade for harp by David Del Tredici (71) is performed for the first time, in Weill Recital Hall, New York.
Performance icon
May 17, 2008: Queer Hosannas for male chorus and piano four-hands by David Del Tredici (71), to words of Antler, Rukeyser, and Manrique, is performed for the first time.
Performance icon
May 31, 2008: A Field Manual for two solo voices and eight players by David Del Tredici (71), to words of Field, is performed for the first time, in Symphony Space, New York.
Performance icon
December 4, 2008: My Favorite Penis Poems, a cycle for baritone, soprano, and piano by David Del Tredici (71) to words of various authors, is performed for the first time, in Symphony Space, New York.
Performance icon
May 10, 2009: The Poem & the Master for soprano and piano by David Del Tredici (72) to words of Hall is performed for the first time, in the Guggenheim Museum, New York, the composer at the piano.
Performance icon
April 29, 2010: Facts of Life for solo guitar by David Del Tredici (73) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Space, New York.
Performance icon
November 6, 2010: Farewell, R.W. for piano by David Del Tredici (73) is performed for the first time, at Tenri Cultural Center, New York.
Performance icon
March 25, 2011: Fantasy on a Cherished Named (In memoriam Andrew Imbrie) for piano by David Del Tredici (74) is performed for the first time, in San Francisco. Andrew Imbrie (†3) was one of the composer’s teachers at the University of California, Berkeley.
Performance icon
September 11, 2011: String Quartet no.2 by David Del Tredici (74) is performed for the first time, in South Mountain Concert Hall, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Performance icon
September 21, 2011: Monk for piano by David Del Tredici (74) is performed for the first time, by the composer.
Performance icon
November 6, 2011: The two Herrick’s Anthems by David Del Tredici (74) to words of Herrick are performed for the first time, at the Church of the Incarnation, New York: 1. Divination by a Daffadill for soprano, organ, and chorus, and 2. To His Sweet Saviour for chorus.
Performance icon
February 17, 2012: Credo Fugue for chorus by David Del Tredici (74) to words of Herrick is performed for the first time, at the 92nd St. Y in New York.
Performance icon
February 19, 2012: Belgian Bliss for wind quintet by David Del Tredici (74) is performed for the first time, at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Performance icon
March 23, 2012: Ray’s Birthday Suit for piano four hands by David Del Tredici (75) is performed for the first time, in Brooklyn, New York by the composer and Marc Peloquin.
Performance icon
April 12, 2012: The Felix Variations for bass trombone by David Del Tredici (75) is performed for the first time, at Le Poisson Rouge, New York.
Performance icon
October 21, 2012: Two works are performed for the first time, in Merkin Concert Hall, New York: The Pool for chorus and piano by John Harbison (73), and Alphabet II for chorus by David Del Tredici (75) to words of The New England Primer .
Performance icon
January 18, 2013: The Most Beautiful Song in the World for wind quintet by David Del Tredici (75) is performed for the first time, in New York.
Performance icon
May 5, 2013: Bittersweet for piano by David Del Tredici (76) is performed for the first time, in New York.
Performance icon
August 16, 2013: Bullycide for piano, string quartet, and double bass by David Del Tredici (76), is performed for the first time, in La Jolla, California. Also premiered is Crossroads in a version for soprano, oboe, two violins, viola, cello and double bass by John Harbison (74) to words of Glück. See 19 September 2013.
Performance icon
August 28, 2013: Dynamic Duo for violin and bass trombone by David Del Tredici (76) is performed for the first time, in New York.
Performance icon
November 30, 2013: Dum Dee Tweedle, an opera in ten scenes with a finale by David Del Tredici (76) to words of Carroll, is performed for the first time, in Orchestra Hall, Detroit.
Performance icon
September 27, 2014: The Last Violin for violin and piano by David Del Tredici (77) is performed for the first time.
Performance icon
February 6, 2016: Late in the Game for piano by David Del Tredici (78) is performed for the first time, at the Tenri Cultural Institute, New York.
Performance icon
August 7, 2016: Ode to Music for piano by David Del Tredici (79) is performed for the first time, at Bargemusic, New York.
Performance icon
January 4, 2017: David, Goliath, and Beyond for bass trombone and violin by David Del Tredici (79) is performed for the first time, at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, New York.