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March 16, 2012

Birthday wishes to composer David Del Tredici on his 75th

Once upon a time, I got to hear a fair amount of music by David Del Tredici. I guess I was in the right place at the right time, for opportunities in the Baltimore area have been scarce.

I was reminded of this lamentable deficiency in my musical diet when I noticed that today marks the richly imaginative composer's 75th birthday. It made me want to hear some of marvelous works inspired by the writings of Lewis Carroll -- or anything else, for that matter.

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra honored Del Tredici earlier this month with ...

a performance of "Final Alice" and posted the closing portion of that prismatic score from 1976, which I thought would make a worthy birthday salute here. What mesmerizing music this is -- a sonic wonderland, you might say. (Boosey & Hawkes also marked the birthday by posting a three-part interview with the composer that is well worth checking out.)

 

 

 

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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