David Tudor papers, 1884-1998 (bulk 1940-1996)

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Tudor, David, 1926-1996. David Tudor papers, 1884-1998 (bulk 1940-1996)

David Tudor papers, 1884-1998 (bulk 1940-1996)

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.

ca. 177.5 linear ft.

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