Here is a list of known recordings in which David Tudor interprets and performs the music of other composers. He performs piano on many of them. Some of these are available through Electronic Music Foundation's CDeMUSIC.
David Tudor, piano and percussion, and Christoph Caskel, percussion, playing Karlheinz Stockhausen's 'Kontakte'. A historically important performance.
John Cage himself reads his stories at the rate of one per minute while David Tudor simultaneously and asynchronously performs the piano solo from the 'Concert for Piano and Orchestra' (1958). Tudor's great and Cage's stories are funny, touching, and intelligent. If you don't have this 2-CD set, you're missing an important part of life.
MUSIC FOR MERCE CUNNINGHAM
Here's an important moment in the early history of electronic performance: John Cage's 'Cartridge Music' (1960), for phonograph cartridges and amplified small objects, played by David Tudor, Michael Pugliese, and Takehisa Kosugi. This performance is gentle yet somehow "crunchy." Also 'Five Stone Wind' (1988) with Tudor, Pugliese and Kosugi playing amplified violin, bamboo flute, live electronics, tapes, and clay pots.
Mode Records, New York City, ph: 212-979-1027
A CHANCE OPERATION: A JOHN CAGE TRIBUTE
Compositions by David Tudor, Laurie Anderson, Jackson Mac Low, James Tenney, and many others, all in honor of John Cage.
A LARRY AUSTIN RETROSPECTIVE: 1967-1994
When David Tudor asked Larry Austin to write a piece for him, Tudor said, "You'll think of something." And Austin did. He wrote 'Accidents' (1967) for Tudor to play silently, moving his fingers over the keys, so that the sounds that occurred would be accidents. Included on this CD are Austin's 'Accidents Two', 'Canadian Coastlines', and 'Quadrants: Event/Complex No. 4'.
THE COMPOSER IN THE COMPUTER AGE II
Austin's 'SoundPoemSet' (1991) turns talks with David Tudor, Pauline Oliveros, Jerry Hunt, and Morton Subotnick into music. The CD includes music by Michael Matthews, Cort Lippe, Eugene De Lisa, Rodney Waschka II, and Rick Chatham.
PIANO AVANT-GARDE - DAVID TUDOR
WDR historic first recordings .Music by Cage, Cardew, Evangelisti, Nilsson, Pousseur and Wolff.
HAT HUT RECORDS LTD., 4106 Therwil Switzerland. hat ART CD 6181
Yet another of Tudor's renoun interpretations of the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen.
HAT HUT RECORDS LTD., 4106 Therwil Switzerland. hat ART CD 6142
This CD is devoted to music by Feldman and contains four previously unissued recordings performed by David Tudor: Intermission 5 (1952), Piano Piece 1956 A (both recorded for North German Radio, Hamburg, 1956), Intersection 3 (1953), Piano Piece 1956 B (Hessian Radio, Frankfurt, 1959), amongst others. Performances by David Tudor, Morton Feldman, Cornelius Cardew and others.
Editions RZ, Leibnizstrasse 33, D-10625 BERLIN, tel. (030) 312 53 76, fax. (030) 312 82 66.
Edition RZ 1010
THE 25-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE CONCERT OF THE MUSIC OF JOHN CAGE
Originally a 3 LP box released by George Avakian in 1959 and reissued as 3 CDs by Wergo in 1994. David Tudor plays piano on "[First] Construction in Metal" and "Concert for Piano and Orchestra" (the world premier performance), electronic carillon on "Music for Carillon No. 1", and stereophonic magnetic tape playback (with Earle Brown and John Cage) on "The Williams Mix".
Wergo: WER 6247-2
CAGE: THE PIANO CONCERTOS; FOURTEEN
"Concert for Piano and Orchestra" (Solo for Piano).
David Tudor (piano) with Enseble Modern under the direction of Ingo Metzmacher
Mode Records, New York City, ph: 212-979-1027
MARCEL DUCHAMP and JOHN CAGE: REUNION
With Teeny Duchamp, David Tudor, Gordon Mumma, David Behrman, Lowell Cross. This limited edition (500 numbered copies), blue flexidisc (13 cm, 33 rpm) comes with a 180 page book (15.5 x 21.5 cm). It is a photo and text documentation of a game of chess on played on March 5th, 1968 at the Ryerson Theatre in Toronto. The music is produced by the individual chess moves during the game. The wired-up chessboard was designed by Lowell Cross. Photos by Shigeko Kubota. Technical realization: David Behrman.
Published by Takeyoshi Miyazawa, 1968.
JOHN CAGE: INDETERMINACY
John Cage reading and David Tudor piano. 2 LP box
Folkways Records FT 3704 
JOHN CAGE: CARTRIDGE MUSIC (1960)
Side 1 contains a performce by John Cage and David Tudor the other side features three pieces by Christian Wolff. David Tudor performs on "Duo for Violinist and Pianist" (1961) and "Duet II for Horn and Piano" (1961). The album consists of a gatefold sleeve with photos inside of Cage and Tudor working with objects and electronics, and Wolff and Tudor looking at a score.
Features new pieces for chorus and for voices altered electronically by sound synthesizers and vocoder. Performances by the Brandeis University Chamber Chorus (Alvin Lucier, director). Includes John Cage's "Solos for Voice 2" (electronic realization by Gordon Mumma and David Tudor) where each singer is asked to make his own realization of the piece, using material, including sheets of transparent plastic, supplied by the composer. By superimposing certain sheets on others, the singer determines several aspects of his vocal part, including vowel and consonant sounds, dynamics, approximate pitch areas and time decisions. In the electronic version of this work, the singers' sounds are picked up by several types of throat, lip and cup microphones, are fed into a complex configuration of electronic equipment and are then processed in real time during the performance. The album also includes compositions by Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, Toshi Ichiyanagi and Morton Feldman. Produced by David Behrman.
Odyssey 32 16 0156 (stereo) 32 16 0155 (mono). Both are part of the "Music of Our Time" series.
A SECOND WIND FOR ORGAN
David Tudor plays new pieces for pipes and reeds. Mauricio Kagel "Improvisation ajoutée" (David Tudor - organ), Christian Wolff "For 1, 2 or 3 People" (David Tudor - baroque organ), Gordon Mumma "Mesa" (David Tudor - bandoneon and Gordon Mumma - Cybersonic console). "In Improvisation ajoutée, Mauricio Kagel has specified an instrument of huge dimensios, affording massive sound clusters and a wide range of timbral variation, set in a surrealistic context that the same time recalls and grotesquely caricaturizes traditional organ music. By contrast, Christian Wolff's For 1, 2 or 3 People is performed on a small baroque instrument and presents startling successions and juxtapositions of individual sounds that both amusing and strangely moving. To produce these sounds, Tudor has invented unusual techniques analogous to the prepared piano, including the removal of certain pipes and the use of contact microphones to pick up and amplify small sounds. Finally, Gordon Mumma's Mesa for Cybersonic Bandoneon, mates a popular Argentine tango instrument with electronic sound-modifying modules to produce a work of mysterious intensity." Produced by David Behrman.
Odyssey 32 16 0158 (stereo) 32 16 0157 (mono). Both are part of the "Music of Our Time" series.
John Cage: Variations IV volume 1
John Cage assisted by David Tudor.
Reissued by Legacy International Box 249 Pismo Beach, CA 93448
John Cage: Variations IV volume 2
John Cage assisted by David Tudor.
John Cage & Lejaren Hiller: HPSCHD
Music for harpsichords and computer generated sound tapes (David Tudor - harpsichord).
John Cage: Variations II
David Tudor - piano. This album also featured two additional works by other composers. Recorded in 1967.
Columbia MS 7051
If you know of recordings that are not listed here, please, send information.
Please check out Electronic Music Foundation's CDeMUSIC for availability. In Canada, check out Verge Music Distribution for a wide selection of these and other recordings. Thanks to Eric Lanzillotta at Anomalous Records for the information he provided for this page.
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