Soliloquy is not only my first composition, but also my most dissonant. Written in the summer of 1958 at the Aspen Music Festival, it is a fantasy based on the minor second chords heard at the opening. The central portion becomes more excited and energetic, and the end, again more calm, is a variation of the beginning. Soliloquy is dedicated to my beloved piano teacher Bernhard Abramowitsch, but its composition was ironically prompted by my unhappiness in studying, that 1958 summer, under a far less congenial man.
— David Del Tredici
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