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David Del Tredici: Magyar Madness; A Field Manuel

Album Summary

>Del Tredici, David : Magyar Madness, for clarinet & string quartet
>Del Tredici, David : A Field Manual, song cycle for soprano, baritone & 8 electric instruments
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Generally recognized as the father of the Neo-Romantic movement in music, American composer David Del Tredici has received numerous awards and has been commissioned and performed by nearly every major American and European orchestral ensemble. Much of his early work consisted of elaborate vocal setting s of James Joyce and Lewis Carroll. More recently, Del Tredeci has set to music a cavalcade of contemporary American poets, often celebrating a gay sensibility. OUT magazine has twice named the composer one of its people of the year. 2012 marked Del Tredici's 75th birthday with performances at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony.

A Field Manual is set to the poetry of Edward Field. This cycle of songs is scored for high soprano, baritone and eight instruments - all of which are, in varying degrees, electrified. Soprano Courtenay Budd and baritone Michael Kelly bring to life characters from Field's poetry, including the late great ice skater Sonja Henning. Mayar Madness, which was composed for David Krakauer and Orion String Quartet, pairs the majestic clarinet with ethereal strings in this magical journey. Krakauer, a specialist in klezmer, brings a sense of fold music to this work, of which the last movement is set in a Hungarian style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sear Sound, New York; The Performing Arts Center, Purchase, New York.



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Works Details

>Del Tredici, David : Magyar Madness, for clarinet & string quartet
  • Performer: David Krakauer (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 39 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2006

>Del Tredici, David : A Field Manual, song cycle for soprano, baritone & 8 electric instruments
  • Performers: Courtenay Budd; Michael Kelly (Piano)
  • Conductor: Steven Mercurio
  • Ensemble: Fireworks Ensemble
  • Running Time: 34 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2008