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David Tudor papers, 1884-1998 bulk 1940-1996

Tudor, David, 1926-1996.

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  • Title:
    David Tudor papers, 1884-1998 bulk 1940-1996
  • Author/Creator: Tudor, David, 1926-1996.
  • Creation Date: 1884-1998 bulk 1940-1996
  • Biographical/Historical Note: American pianist and electronic music composer.
  • Arrangement: Organized in eleven series: Series I. Scores and realizations (1884-1995); Series II. Projects (1949-1996); Series III. Electronics (1950s-1990s); Series IV. Correspondence (1938-1996); Series V. Articles and reviews (1941-1995); Series VI. Ephemera (1920s-1996); Series VII. Personal (1940-1994); Series VIII. Financial (1945-1998); Series IX. Photographs (1950s-1990s); Series X. Audio recordings (circa 1952-1992); Series XI. Video recordings (circa 1974-1994).
  • Physical Desc.: ca. 177.5 linear ft. + ADD26 (1 box).
  • Summary: The collection comprehensively documents David Tudor's participation in post-World War II experimental and avant-garde music and aspects of his personal life until his death in 1996. Scores by other composers, notably John Cage, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, Sylvano Bussotti and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Tudor's realizations of their scores and his electronic compositional materials, form the most significant part of the collection. Extensive project files concern the scheduling and development of his piano concerts, electronic compositions and performances with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Electronic research files with equipment catalogs and notes show how Tudor taught himself complicated mathematics, equipment systems and circuitry in order to gain the requisite technical knowledge to compose his electronic work. Articles and reviews, a nearly complete set of Tudor's programs, more than 500 audio tapes, some videotapes, and photographs augment the documentation of his performing and composing activities.
    Letters from friends and colleagues involved with music and the visual arts reveal the respect and devotion Tudor commanded as a serious interpreter and creator of avant-garde music. The collection also contains personal effects, including recipes, notes, and various materials concerning his spiritual beliefs, and his financial records.
  • Language: English
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid available in the repository; folder-level control.
    Inventory to all the audio and video tapes, and reformatted copies available in the repository; item level control.
  • Additional Formats: Reformatted copies of audio and video tapes available in the repository.
  • Other Archival Locations: Other recordings of Tudor pieces, and discussion about him, may be found in the Getty Research Library collection, Recordings of the symposium The Art of David Tudor, 2001 (accession no. 1983.M.155).
    Other Tudor letters may be found in the following collections: David Tudor letters to Pierre Boulez, 1956-1958 (2019.M.3); David Tudor letters to Karlheinz Stockhausen (photocopies), 1954-1963, (2001.M.26); the originals are at the Stockhausen Foundation, Germany.
    For drawings of David Tudor by Ruth Asawa, see Portraits of David Tudor, ca. 1960, (accession no. 2011.M.7*).
  • Notes: Credit line for ADD20: Gift of Joy Tudor Nemiroff.
    Credit line for five photos of David Tudor by Earle Brown (2001.A.184 or ADD22): Gift of the Earle Brown Music Foundation.
    Credit line for 13 items (ADD26): Gift of John Holzaepfel.
  • Form/Genre: Audio cassettes
    Scores -- 20th century
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Aleatory music Avant-garde (Music) Composers Electronic music Fluxus (Group of artists) -- Scores Music -- Interpretation (Phrasing, dynamics, etc.) Musical sketches
  • Contributors: Biel, Michael von. Boulez, Pierre, 1925-2016. Brown, Earle, 1926-2002. Brecht, George. Bussotti, Sylvano. Cage, John. Cardew, Cornelius. Corner, Philip. Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965. Cross, Lowell M. Cunningham, Merce. Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987. Fine, Albert. Ichiyanagi, Toshi, 1933- Jennings, Terry. Kagel, Mauricio. Lucier, Alvin. Nilsson, Bo. Oliveros, Pauline, 1932-2016. Ono, Yōko. Richards, Mary Caroline. Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-2007. Viola, Bill, 1951- Wolff, Christian, 1934- Wolpe, Stefan. Young, La Monte. Experiments in Art and Technology (Organization) Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
  • Collection: David Tudor
  • Collection Note: David Tudor
  • ID/Accession Number: 1405-392
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 81150994
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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