David Tudor


David Tudor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on January 20th, 1926 and is the Pianist. At the age of 70, David Tudor biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 20, 1926
United States
Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death Date
Aug 13, 1996 (age 70)
Zodiac Sign
Composer, Pianist
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David Tudor Life

David Eugene Tudor (January 20, 1926-1996), an American pianist and composer of experimental music, was born on January 20, 1926--August 13, 1996.


David Tudor Career

Life and career

Tudor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied piano with Irma Wolpe and composition with Stefan Wolpe and became known as one of the top pianists of avant garde piano music. He gave the Piano Sonata No. 1's first American appearance. Pierre Boulez's 2nd in 1950, as well as a European tour in 1954, boosted his fame. Karlheinz Stockhausen dedicated his Klavierst├╝ck VI (1955) to Tudor. Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, and La Monte Young appeared early in Tudor performances.

John Cage, the composer with whom Tudor is most closely associated, performed the premiere of Cage's Music of Changes, Concert For Piano and Orchestra, and the notorious 4'33"; he performed at the premiere of Cage's Music of Changes, Concert For Piano and Orchestra. Many of Cage's books were written either specifically for Tudor to perform or with him in mind, although Cage said "what you needed to do was to make a situation that would concern him." He was always a character." Both artists worked on several of Cage's pieces, including for the Smithsonian Folkways album: Indeterminacy: New Aspect of Form in Instrumental and Electronic Music (1959). Tudor also appears on several recordings of Cage's music, including the Mainstream release of Cartridge Music, the Columbia Records of Variations II album, and the two Everest records of Variations IV. Tudor selected the works for the 25th Anniversary Retrospective Concert of John Cage's Music (May 16, 1958), and appeared in the Concert For Piano and Orchestra's inaugural performance. In addition, Tudor was named a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award (1992).

Tudor started to concentrate on writing after a stint teaching at Darmstadt from 1956 to 1961. He produced mainly electronic works, many of which werecommissioned by Cage's partner, choreographer Merce Cunningham. His handmade musical circuits are considered to be a milestone in live electronic music and electric instrument building as a method of composition. Reunion (1968), a piece created jointly with Lowell Cross, is a chess game in which each move creates a lighting effect or projection. The game was played between John Cage and Marcel Duchamp at the premiere. In James Pritchett's book The Music Of John Cage, the reunion is erroneously attributed to Cage. Rain Forest is a sound installation made from locally made sculpture and everyday objects, such as a metal barrel, a vintage computer disk, and plastic tubing that served as a musical accompaniment. (David Tudor and Composers Inside Electronics Inc., a rain forest Vs. Composer V (variation 1))

Tudor developed Ahmedabad's first digital music studio in 1969.

Tudor took over as music director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company following Cage's death in 1992. Tudor produced Soundings: Ocean Diary (1994), the electronic component of Ocean, and was designed by John Cage and Merce Cunningham, with choreography by Merce Cunningham, orchestral music by Andrew Culver, and architecture by Marsha Skinner.

Tudor died in Tomkins Cove, New York, at the age of 70.