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Documentary Film Screening: Secret Music - David Del Tredici, Composer; Daniel Beliavsky, Director

  • Skidmore College: Arthur Zankel Music Center - Elisabeth Luce Moore Hall 815 N Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 USA (map)

Secret Music is a documentary film about Pulitzer prize winning composer David Del Tredici and the historical and cultural significance of his music within and outside the gay community. The film investigates the sometimes ineffable processes that are fundamental to music composition, performance, and the communication of meaning through art. Highlighting the nuanced challenges of private sexual identity projected outward into art, Secret Music examines Del Tredici’s personal transformations through the joys and sorrows of gay life, and his goal of communicating sexuality through music that is now influential in modern culture. Through performances of Del Tredici's atonal and neo-Romantic music and interviews with world-renowned musicians and scholars, the film explores what sexuality in music represents creatively and what the implications of identifying an art form as gay, as Del Tredici has done, may be.

This event is open to the entire MMF community. (Rated R for mature content related to sexuality, including visuals, but mostly explicit language.)