David Tudor, pianist


The photo to the right is of David Tudor's piano in his studio at Stony Point, NY. From the late 40's to the late 60's David Tudor was known primarily as a pianist, interpreting the music of, and working with the contemporary composers of his own time. At the time, many of these composers considered Tudor's performances and interpretations as definitive - they remain so even today. John Cage, in 1964, described his work with Tudor thus:

Without close association with David Tudor, the pianist, my recent work, that of the past fifteen years, would be unthinkable."
(John Cage, An Anthology, Richard Kostelanetz, 1991 Da Capo Press)

The following is a small start to our documentation of Tudor's life as a pianist.

David Tudor, in concert, New York City, January 1952
David Tudor, in concert, Woodstock, New York, August 1952
David Tudor, in concert, Stockholm, Sweden, September 1964 (In Swedish)




The photo to the left is of Tudor during his "piano playing days".

Next are some actual photographs of David and piano-related activities:

David tears at the inside of a piano while performing
"Solo for Piano" by John Cage.

An action shot, again from "Solo for Piano" but also showing his
habitually stuffed pockets.

A younger Tudor, gazing into the guts
of a piano.

 

 


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For more information contact: John D.S. Adams (info@davidtudor.org)