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Andrew Lloyd Gelt (Andrew Lloyd von Gelt)

Andrew Gelt (b. 2 February 1951, Albuquerque, New Mexico) composer, woodwind performer, conductor. Andrew Lloyd von Gelt, a blatantly eclectic composer of the type characterized by Leonard Bernstein in his Six Talks At Harvard, wrote music in the strict eclectic vein exemplified by his Symphony No. 1, Op. 34 "The Art of Eclecticism." Eclecticism was, as well, the subject of his doctoral dissertation. [Continued]


  • Ethnicity: Father's side from Germany via Cuba, Mother's side England

  • In one of his earlier publications he wrote, "Music in the style of the 'Haydo-Mozarts' may be written next to that of the Polish Avant-Garde. A Strauss-sounding waltz may be heard at the same time as integral serialism. The possibilities are once again infinite. The future will show [...] that there is a universal acceptance of Gesamtstilwerke and that eclecticism can be viewed as a style in itself. The liberation of the composer from stylistic unity is long overdue." (See "A Statement Concerning Eclecticism and the Gesamtstilwerk" 1980). Although Gelt's works are primarily instrumental, his vocal works employ what he refers to as Unsinntext. Other compositional concepts include solipzistische Musik, Virtuoso-Komposition, and Eclectic Modulation. At the time of this writing, he had composed some forty major works. He had developed a system to be used in both the composition and analysis of eclectic music but Leonard Bernstein, who in 1977 had referred to Gelt as "one of the future's" wrote, "The basic premise is sound, though I find it much more applicable to analysis than to composition itself." Gelt soon after developed a thinking model to be used exclusively for composition entitled Quantum Synergy In Eclecticism. Within two major areas, a microcosm and macrocosm, he expounded upon contrasting concepts of intuitive/quantified, referential/authentic, and empirical/Bergsonian eclecticism, and identified the types of eclecticism as synchronic, anachronistic, genetic, juxtaposed, and compound. Andrew Gelt is an active recitalist on the clarinet and has performed in the major ensembles of several cities. He is also an accomplished jazz saxophonist and popular musician having begun playing professionally with his father's swing band at the age of 12. Dr. Gelt has performed or conducted concerts for seven U.S. presidents.

    He is currently seeking funding in order to continue developing his neurological diagnostic methodology utilizing physiological responses to musical just intervals.

  • Education

    • Band Director & Drum Major

      UNDERGRADUATE: Assistant Conductor of Orchestra, Solo Clarinet, NROTC (Marine Corps Option)

      MASTERS: Student of Mitchell Lurie and Stanley Drucker

      DOCTORAL: Performance of Symphony No.1, Op.34 "The Art of Eclecticism"


    Party affiliation: Republican Party


    Anglican Orthodox Church of England

    Andrew Lloyd Gelt
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    Born February 2, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1966 - 1969
      Manzano High School, Albuquerque New Mexico
    • 1969 - 1973
      University of New Mexico
    • 1971 - 1973
      University of Denver
    • 1973 - 1975
      University of Southern California
    • 1975 - 1978
      University of Miami
    • 1977 - 1978
      Instructor, University of Miami
      Coral Gables, Florida
    • 1978 - 1979
      Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Pembroke
      Pembroke, NC
    • 1979 - 1980
      Graduate Professor, Temple University
      Philadelphia, PA
    • 1979 - 1979
      Instructor, Richmond Technical College
    • 1980 - 1981
      Graduate Instructor, Princeton University
      Princeton, NJ
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