Andrew Gelt

Andrew Lloyd von Gelt, D.M.A., Ph.D.

Delray Beach, FL

Composer, Conductor
Woodwind Performer


National Academy of Music
International Honoree

For more performances of compositions by Andrew Gelt, please visit the following websites:


I. Abandonnément from Symphony No.1, Op.34 "The Art of Eclecticism"
Score and parts for Symphony No.1, Op.34 "The Art of Eclecticism" are available for rental free-of-charge from the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Andrew Gelt, 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. 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 [an SCI publication]).

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 Andrew 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.

Dr. Gelt served on the faculties of Richmond Community College, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina, and Temple University where he served on the graduate faculty and taught the Princeton University Graduate Composition Seminar. His degrees include Bachelor of Music "cum laude with Distinction" in Music Theory from the University of New Mexico, Master of Music in Clarinet Performance studying with Mitchell Lurie from the University of Southern California, and Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the University of Miami where he studied wind ensemble conducting with Frederick Fennell. He also studied clarinet with Stanley Drucker of the New York Philharmonic and the Juilliard School, and attended the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver where he received the Master Performance Diploma.

Andrew Gelt is an active recitalist on the clarinet and has performed in the major ensembles of several cities. His Los Angeles performance of Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra was reviewed by composer Aaron Copland, himself. 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 eight U.S. Presidents and is included in Leonard Bernstein: A Guide to Research by Paul Laird.

He is currently seeking funding in order to continue developing his neurological diagnostic methodology utilizing physiological and cognitive responses to musical just intervals. Consultants on this project include former Presidential Candidate and current H.U.D. Secretary Dr. Ben Carson.

Upon reaching mandatory military retirement age, Dr. Gelt had also served over 36 years in three branches of the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves in various capacities, including 21 years as a conductor in the Military Band field with overseas missions in five different countries. He served his final six years as a Military Funeral Honor Guard, performing more than 1600 funerals as a Bugler and Flag Presenter.

II. Tempus Fugit from Symphony No.1, Op.34 "The Art of Eclecticism"

(An example of eclectic modulation)

"...loved how the string and wind instruments told a bittersweet story with nostalgic melodies--especially appreciated the more tender and dolce moments." --PARMA Recordings

III. Rondo Grande from Symphony No.1, Op.34 "The Art of Eclecticism"

(Sound Mass as the refrain...)

IV. Phantasiestück from Symphony No.1, Op.34 "The Art of Eclecticism"

("Twelve things happening four at a time...")

Conductor Frederick Fennell's comments:

"One of the interesting things about music is the constantly different way in which young men and women look at it. It is a marvelous kaledidoscope to everybody who touches it. To some people it is, of course a simple tunnel view of what they already know and what they very much enjoy. For others, it is a microscopic view of the moment. For yet others, it is a marvelously telescopic view of great distant visions. Andrew Gelt has a particular view of music as a very eclectic art. And perhaps it could be that his view of eclecticism is an extremely and unabashedly honest one. The four movements outline something of what you might hear, but don't be the slightest bit surprised at what you do." —1978

"[His] Symphony No. 1 is one of the most comprehensive examples of eclectic process in composition with which I am familiar." Clifford Taylor, 1979