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David Del Tredici on his work “Syzygy”

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 5 min
Event Type: Interview Program Origin: KPFA

Music critic Paul Hume interview’s composer David Del Tredici about his work, “Syzygy” (1966), which is scored for soprano, horn, and chamber orchestra. The name, which was suggested by a friend who was enamored with the sound of the word but uncertain of its meaning, refers to the astronomical event when planets come into alignment along a single axis, and seemed very appropriate for a setting of two poems by James Joyce (”Ecce Puer” and “Night Piece”), in which the trumpets come in at the same climatic moment. In composing the work, Del Tredici wrote for a range of tubular bells which did not exist and had to be made before the piece could be performed.

Genres:  Art Songs; Chamber Music
Subject:  del Tredici, David; Art songs; Chamber music
People:  Hume, Paul, 1915-2001; Del Tredici, David
 
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