David Tudor and the <i>Solo for Piano</i>

Edited by John Holzaepfel

in Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780226044071
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226044873 | DOI:
David Tudor and the Solo for Piano

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David Tudor's name continues to be linked with the music of John Cage and his Solo for Piano is a compendium of notational techniques in experimental music. The Solo for Piano is a collection of eighty-four different notational techniques distributed across sixty-three pages 11 by 17 inches in size. Tudor measured either the area or the length of each graph according to its particular morphology and with whatever means of measurement he found appropriate to a graph's individual form and shape to determine the attack points of his readings of Cage's graphs within the ninety-minute time frame of the realization. Tudor typed his list of attack points and their sources into his master table to prepare the performance score and he then transcribed the appropriate reading to its place in his score. Hence, Tudor's second realization of the Solo for Piano marks the beginning of a transition from pianist to sonic artist.

Keywords: David Tudor; music; John Cage; graph; performance score; Solo for Piano

Chapter.  4777 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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