David Tudor


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(b Philadelphia, 1926; d Tomkins Cove, NY, 1996). Amer. pianist, organist, and composer. Org., St Mark's, Philadelphia 1938–43, Swarthmore Coll. 1944–8. Taught pf. in NY 1948. Musician with Merce Cunningham Dance Co. from 1953. Began assoc. with Feldman and Cage 1948–9. Member 1951–3 of Cage's elec. studio project. Helped Cage in 1960s to pioneer ‘live’ elec. mus., as distinct from pre-recorded. Took part as pianist in f.p. of several Cage works, incl. Music of Changes, pf. conc., and Atlas Eclipticalis with Winter Music. Gave f.p. of Bussotti's 5 Piano Pieces for David Tudor and f. Amer. p. of Boulez's 2nd pf. sonata. Also player of bandoneon, performing works written for it by Kagel. Expertise in elec. works pioneered many techniques for composers. His own works use visual forces, e.g. light systems, laser projections, dance, tv, etc. They incl.: Fluorescent Sound, Rain Forest, Assemblage, Video/Laser I, II, and III, 4 Pepsi Pieces, and many ‘collaborative realizations’ of mus. by Cage, Oliveros, etc.

From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.

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