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Reminded by the Instruments: David Tudor's Music

You Nakai


David Tudor (1926–1996) is remembered today in two guises: as an extraordinary pianist of postwar avant-garde music who worked closely with composers like John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, influencing the development of graphic notation and indeterminacy; and as a spirited pioneer of live-electronic music who realized idiosyncratic performances based on the interaction of homemade modular instruments, inspiring an entire generation of musicians. However, the fact that Tudor himself did not talk or write much about what he was doing, combined with the esoteric nature of electronic circuits a ... More

Keywords: live-electronic music, experimental music, avant-garde music, twentieth-century music, John Cage, Gordon Mumma, Experiments in Art and Technology, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, anthroposophy, David Tudor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190686765
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190686765.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

You Nakai, author
Assistant Professor, Kyoto City University of Arts