AngellosI.Malefakison February 18, 2018
Final Alice is but one of a number of Alice in Wonderland settings written over a span of more than 25 years (1968-1995). Final Alice was followed by In Memory of a Summer Day, which was awarded the 1980 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Both Final Alice and In Memory of A Summer Day became best-selling classical music recordings. A word on the chronology: preceding the two mammoth works mentioned above there was Pop-Pourri (1968), An Alice Symphony (1969), Adventures Underground (1971) and Vintage Alice (1972), and afterwards came Quaint Events, Happy Voices, and All in the Golden Afternoon (these three works in combination with In Memory of a Summer Day comprise the evening-long Child Alice (1977-1981)). Haddocks' Eyes appeared in 1985, and the last work in the series, the 90-minute opera Dum Dee Tweedle (1990-1995) was premiered in concert form by Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony.
Del Tredici's early works, in a more dissonant idiom, also focused obsessively on a single author – this time, James Joyce. The fruits of their union were many (1960-1966): Six Songs on Texts of James Joyce, I Hear an Army, Night Conjure-Verse and the tour de force for soprano and 16 instruments, Syzygy.