David Tudor Biography

American pianist and composer of avant-garde music. Originally an organist, he went on to become one of the leading performers of avant-garde piano music, giving first or early performances of works by, to name a few, Pierre Boulez, Morton Feldman, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Christian Wolff, and La Monte Young.

Tudor is particularly associated with John Cage, who wrote a number of compositions for him. He gave the premiere of Cage's Music of Changes, Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, and 4' 33".

He gradually focused less on playing the piano and more on composing his own works, which mainly involved live electronics. In 1992, he took over as music director of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company; many of his pieces were commissioned by Merce Cunningham.

b. January 20, 1926 (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

d. August 13, 1996 (Tomkins Cove, NY, USA)

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