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David Tudor papers, 1800-1998, bulk 1940-1996

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Tudor (David) papers
Series I. Scores and realizations, 1800-1995, undated, bulk 1941-1977 47 boxes
Series I.A. Tudor, early, 1940s-1994, undated 5 box(es)
This subseries contains Tudor's early piano and organ work, and scores for his electronic compositions. His early work consists of handcopied scores for piano and organ music, and notes taken when he was Stefan Wolpe's student. Tudor's electronic compositions are represented with handwritten flow diagrams (i.e., schematics of his tabletop instrument set-ups, which in effect display how the instrument is to be constructed) and lists of inputs/outputs for different performance instantiations, many of which are unidentified. There are also miscellaneous notes for his electronic music.
Arrangement
Arranged topically.
Manuscript copies of scores and early work, undated
box folder
1 1 Piano compositions
Includes Bach, Couperin, Liszt, Wagner, Stravinsky, Wolpe.
1 2 Compositions
Mostly Schönberg.
1 3 Compositions
Includes Beethoven, Bach, Walther.
1 4 "orn[a]mentation"
Includes compositions by Bach and Couperin.
1 5 Compositions and notes
Solo piano music by Bartok, Busoni, Liszt, Hauer and unidentified. Includes transcriptions, performance notes, worksheets, and technical exercises with fingerings.
1 6 Vocal music compositions
1 7-8 Church music
Early work, 1940s
box folder
2 1 Lectures and texts by Wolpe
Tudor handwritten and typed versions of Wolpe lectures and texts.
2 2 "My work with W.[olpe]"
2 3 "My work to 1942"
Notes and musical writings, and 3 pages from Associateship Examination (1942) with record of marks.
2 4 Music notes
Musical form, practice and techniques; transcribed texts by Frescobaldi, Schönberg, Kandinsky and others.
2 5 Music notes
Transcribed texts by Kandinsky, Charles Tournemire, and others.
2 6 Music relating to Sigurd Rascher
2 7 Ferruccio Busoni
List of programs and pianoforte repertory compositions copied by Tudor.
2 8 Notes - registrations
2 9 Notes - circa 1940s
2 10 Notes - tempo, dynamics, touch
2 11-12 Notes - list of piano compositions by others
Electronic work, 1966-1994, undated
box folder
3 1 Activities, 1970
3 2-4 Bandoneon!, 1966
3 5 Channels/inserts, 1987
3 6 Dialects, 1984
3 7 Electronics with talking shrimp, 1986
3 8 Event (title of Merce Cunningham work), 1987-1990
3 9 Forest speech, 1976-1978
3 10 4 Pepsi pieces, 1970
3 11 Free spectral range IV, 1977
3 12 Hedgehog, 1985
3 13 Laser bird, 1973
3 14 Laser rock, 1973
3 15 Likeness to voices/Dialectics, 1982
3 16 Line and cluster, 1986
3 17 Lines and reflections, undated
3 18 Microphone, 1973
See oversize box 167, folder 1, for record cover.
3 19 Monobird, 1972
3 20 Neural network plus, 1992
3 21 Neural synthesis, 1993
3 22 9 lines, reflected, 1987
3 23-24 Phonemes, 1981-1986, 1992-1993
For Cunningham dance "Channels/Inserts."
3 25 Phrases, 1986
3 26 Pulsers, 1976-1978
See also: box 167*, folder 1, for record cover.
3 27 Rainforest, 1968
3 28 Rainforest 3, 1972
3 29 Rainforest IV, 1973
3 30 Rotating loudspeakers, 1977
3 31 Sea tails, 1983
3 32 Sextet for seven (Quartet?), 1985
box folder
3E 1 Soundings: ocean diary, 1994
3E 2 Toneburst, 1975
3E 3 Untitled (Homage to Toshi Ichiyanagi), 1972
3E 4 Video pulsers, 1977
3E 5 Virtual focus, 1990
3E 6 Weatherings, 1979
3E 7 Web for John Cage II, 1988
Performed at the Alternative Museum, 1989
3E 8 Webwork, 1987
For Cunningham dance "Shards."
box folder
4 1-2 Unidentified flow diagrams, undated
4 3 Unidentified worksheets, undated
4 4-15 Unidentified inputs/outputs, undated
4 16-21 Miscellaneous electronic music notes, undated
box folder
*167 1 Record covers, undated
One paper record cover for Tudor's Microphone, 1973 and one cardboard record cover for Tudor's "Pulsers/Untitled," 1984. With a mailing envelope. [Folders 2-4 in this box relate to Series I.B.].
1949-1966
box folder
15 1 Various projects, 1949-1954
Includes 1 letter each from Lionel Nowak of Bennington College (1953), Peggy Glanville-Hicks of Composer's Forum (1954?) and Gino Negri (1954); 12 items.
15 2 Darmstadt, 1956-1961
List of Tudor's performances, lists of students and correspondence with Wolfgang Steinecke, circa 40 items.
15 3 Institute National Belge de Radiodiffusion, 1956
10 letters and contracts.
15 4 Norddeutscher Rundfunk, 1956
6 letters and contracts.
15 5 Südwestfunk, 1956
9 letters and contracts.
15 6 Universal Edition, 1956
9 letters and contracts.
15 7 Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 1956
9 letters and contracts.
15 8 Various projects, 1956
Includes 6 letters from Wolfgang Steinecke (Darmstadt), 7 items with William Glock of the International Music Association and a telegram and letter from Bengt Hambraeus; 46 items.
15 9 Radiotjänst, 1957
15 letters and contracts from Bengt Hambraeus.
15 10 Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 1957
10 letters and contracts.
15 11 Various projects, 1957
Includes 1 letter each from William Glock of the International Music Association, Gunnar Larsson (+ copy) and Lionel Nowak of Bennington College; 20 items.
15 12 Norddeutscher Rundfunk, 1958
7 letters and contracts
15 13 Radiotjänst and Sveriges Radio, 1958
8 letters and cards from Bengt Hambraeus.
15 14 Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 1958
14 letters and contracts.
15 15 Various projects, 1958
Includes 3 letters from Gunnar Bucht of Fylkingen; letter, contracts and payment receipts from Institut National Belge de Radiodiffusion; 4 letters and contracts from Hessischer Rundfunk; and correspondence between Cage and Wilfred Mellers of Univ. of Birmingham, William Glock and Han Fischli from Kunstgewerbe museum Zürich; circa 50 items.
15 16 Hessischer Rundfunk, 1959
6 letters and contracts.
15 17 Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 1959
10 letters and contracts.
15 18 Various projects, 1959
Includes 5 letters and contracts from Radio Bremen, 1 letter from Bengt Hambraeus, and 4 letters and contracts from Vega, Paris; 26 items.
15 19 Various projects, 1960
Includes 2 letters from and 1 letter to Wolfgang Steinecke, 3 letters and contracts from Westdeutscher Rundfunk, 5 letters and contracts from Universal Edition, 1 letter from Bengt Hambraeus; 32 items.
15 20 Various projects, 1961
Includes 4 letters from the Montreal Festivals Society, 3 letters from Cercle d'Art Contemporain, 5 letters from I Semana de Música de Vanguarda, Rio, 4 letters from Westdeutscher Rundfunk and 1 letter from Heinz-Klaus Metzger of Ring also signed by Bussotti; circa 40 items.
15 21 Various projects, 1962
14 items.
15 22 Anthroposophical Society performance, NY, 1963
2 letters and 2 typed programs.
15 23 Various projects, 1963
Includes 3 letters from the New York Philharmonic and 3 letters from Wergo, Köln; 23 items.
15 24 East-West Festival, San Francisco Tape Music Center, 1964
8 sheets of notes.
15 25 KPFA/San Francisco Tape Music Center, 1964
12 sheets of notes.
15 26 Various projects, 1964
Includes 3 letters from the New York Philharmonic; 7 items.
15 27 Various projects, 1965
Includes 3 letters, a telegram and a contract from WGBH; 11 items.
15 28 SUNY, Buffalo, 1965-1966
Large folder of material generated when Tudor was hired as Creative Associate. Includes medical insurance information, 4 cards and 1 sheet of notes by John Cage, and programs and other printed matter.


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