Mr. Little’s Very Large Life

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David LittleSince he graduated from Susquehanna, the pond in which Little swims has only gotten larger. In 2001, he attended the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and in 2002—after just three semesters—he earned his master’s degree from the University of Michigan before coming back to New Jersey to attend Princeton’s doctorate program. And while Little’s compositional interests and aesthetic have evolved over the years (“There was a time when I didn’t even want to hear anything written before 1945,” he jokes), Little says he finally feels like “a fully formed composer.”

If only he wasn’t so pressed for time.

Walking to a nearby subway that will take him uptown to see his friend’s show, Little says that in two weeks he’ll be heading to a friend’s house in the Berkshires for seven days of concentrated composing.

“I will be unavailable to the world,” he says with a smile. “It’s the only way I can get anything done these days. That’s living the dream, man.”

Nick DiUlio is a contributing writer from Medford, N.J.

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