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Fred  Lerdahl

Born: March 10th, 1943
Country of origin: United States of America

Fred Lerdahl's music is greatly esteemed for having developed original harmonic syntaxes and formal processes, presented with elegant craftsmanship and expressive depth. His work is rare in today's musical world in that it seeks and achieves both complexity and intelligibility. It is indebted to the past yet committed to the exploration of new territory. – David Starobin, Bridge Records

Lerdahl studied at Lawrence University, Princeton, and Tanglewood. He has taught at UC/Berkeley, Harvard, and Michigan, and since 1991 he has been Fritz Reiner Professor of Music at Columbia University. Commissions have come from the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Spoleto Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, Chamber Music America, and others. Among the organizations that have performed his works are the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, eighth blackbird, Speculum Musicae, Collage, Argento, Talea, the Peabody Trio, the Juilliard Quartet, the Pro Arte Quartet, the Daedalus Quartet, Ensemble XXI, Lontano, and the Venice Biennale.

He has been in residence at the Marlboro Music Festival, IRCAM, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the American Academy in Rome, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Etchings Festival, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Lerdahl’s music has been commercially recorded on several labels and Bridge Records has established “The Music of Fred Lerdahl” portrait series. “The Music of Fred Lerdahl, Vol. 4” was released in May, 2013 featuring the composer’s Spirals for chamber orchestra, Three Diatonic Studies for piano, Imbrications for mixed sextet, Wake for soprano and ensemble, and Fantasy Etudes for mixed sextet, with performances by the Argento Ensemble, Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, eighth blackbird, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, soprano Bethany Beardslee and pianist Mirka Viitala.

His seminal book A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, co-authored with linguist Ray Jackendoff, is a founding document for the growing field of the cognitive science of music. His subsequent book, Tonal Pitch Space, won the 2003 distinguished book award from the Society for Music Theory and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award. A third book (in progress), Composition and Cognition, based on his 2011 Bloch Lectures at UC/Berkeley, will bring together his dual activity as composer and theorist.

In 2010 Lerdahl was honored with membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Three of his works composed since 2000—Time after Time for chamber ensemble, the Third String Quartet, and Arches for cello and chamber orchestra—have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in music. Recent premieres include Time and Again with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, led by Roberto Abbado, Fire and Ice for soprano and double bass, at the Tanglewood Music Center, and Give and Take for violin and cello, with cellist Anssi Karttunen and violinist Ernst Kovacic at the 2015 Musica nova Helsinki Festival.

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  1. Fantasy Etudes in preparation

    Fantasy Etudes

    for chamber ensemble
    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: chamber ensemble
    Edition: set of parts
    Order No.: ED 31049-01
    €106.95  *

    Out of stock

  2. Imbrications in preparation

    Imbrications

    for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano
    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31050
    €39.95  *

    Out of stock

  3. Marches in preparation

    Marches

    for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: clarinet, violin, cello and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31051
    €83.95  *

    Out of stock

  4. Time After Time

    Time After Time

    for chamber ensemble
    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: chamber ensemble
    Edition: score
    Order No.: BOE 12445
    €29.95  *

    Out of stock

  5. String Quartet No. 1

    String Quartet No. 1

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31053
    €40.95  *

    Out of stock

  6. String Quartet No. 1

    String Quartet No. 1

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: set of parts
    Order No.: ED 31053-01
    €62.95  *

    Out of stock

  7. String Quartet No. 2

    String Quartet No. 2

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31054
    €45.95  *

    Out of stock

  8. String Quartet No. 2

    String Quartet No. 2

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: set of parts
    Order No.: ED 31054-01
    €71.95  *

    Out of stock

  9. String Quartet No. 3

    String Quartet No. 3

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31055
    €49.95  *

    Out of stock

  10. String Quartet No. 3

    String Quartet No. 3

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: set of parts
    Order No.: ED 31055-01
    €83.95  *

    Out of stock

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Profile

Fred Lerdahl's music is greatly esteemed for having developed original harmonic syntaxes and formal processes, presented with elegant craftsmanship and expressive depth. His work is rare in today's musical world in that it seeks and achieves both complexity and intelligibility. It is indebted to the past yet committed to the exploration of new territory. – David Starobin, Bridge Records

Lerdahl studied at Lawrence University, Princeton, and Tanglewood. He has taught at UC/Berkeley, Harvard, and Michigan, and since 1991 he has been Fritz Reiner Professor of Music at Columbia University. Commissions have come from the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Spoleto Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, Chamber Music America, and others. Among the organizations that have performed his works are the New York Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Composers Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, eighth blackbird, Speculum Musicae, Collage, Argento, Talea, the Peabody Trio, the Juilliard Quartet, the Pro Arte Quartet, the Daedalus Quartet, Ensemble XXI, Lontano, and the Venice Biennale.

He has been in residence at the Marlboro Music Festival, IRCAM, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the American Academy in Rome, the Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Etchings Festival, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Lerdahl’s music has been commercially recorded on several labels and Bridge Records has established “The Music of Fred Lerdahl” portrait series. “The Music of Fred Lerdahl, Vol. 4” was released in May, 2013 featuring the composer’s Spirals for chamber orchestra, Three Diatonic Studies for piano, Imbrications for mixed sextet, Wake for soprano and ensemble, and Fantasy Etudes for mixed sextet, with performances by the Argento Ensemble, Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, eighth blackbird, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, soprano Bethany Beardslee and pianist Mirka Viitala.

His seminal book A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, co-authored with linguist Ray Jackendoff, is a founding document for the growing field of the cognitive science of music. His subsequent book, Tonal Pitch Space, won the 2003 distinguished book award from the Society for Music Theory and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award. A third book (in progress), Composition and Cognition, based on his 2011 Bloch Lectures at UC/Berkeley, will bring together his dual activity as composer and theorist.

In 2010 Lerdahl was honored with membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Three of his works composed since 2000—Time after Time for chamber ensemble, the Third String Quartet, and Arches for cello and chamber orchestra—have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in music. Recent premieres include Time and Again with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, led by Roberto Abbado, Fire and Ice for soprano and double bass, at the Tanglewood Music Center, and Give and Take for violin and cello, with cellist Anssi Karttunen and violinist Ernst Kovacic at the 2015 Musica nova Helsinki Festival.

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Products

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  1. Fantasy Etudes in preparation

    Fantasy Etudes

    for chamber ensemble
    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: chamber ensemble
    Edition: set of parts
    Order No.: ED 31049-01
    €106.95  *

    Out of stock

  2. Imbrications in preparation

    Imbrications

    for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano
    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31050
    €39.95  *

    Out of stock

  3. Marches in preparation

    Marches

    for clarinet, violin, cello and piano
    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: clarinet, violin, cello and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31051
    €83.95  *

    Out of stock

  4. Time After Time

    Time After Time

    for chamber ensemble
    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: chamber ensemble
    Edition: score
    Order No.: BOE 12445
    €29.95  *

    Out of stock

  5. String Quartet No. 1

    String Quartet No. 1

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31053
    €40.95  *

    Out of stock

  6. String Quartet No. 1

    String Quartet No. 1

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: set of parts
    Order No.: ED 31053-01
    €62.95  *

    Out of stock

  7. String Quartet No. 2

    String Quartet No. 2

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31054
    €45.95  *

    Out of stock

  8. String Quartet No. 2

    String Quartet No. 2

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: set of parts
    Order No.: ED 31054-01
    €71.95  *

    Out of stock

  9. String Quartet No. 3

    String Quartet No. 3

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 31055
    €49.95  *

    Out of stock

  10. String Quartet No. 3

    String Quartet No. 3

    Composer: Lerdahl, Fred
    Instrumentation: string quartet
    Edition: set of parts
    Order No.: ED 31055-01
    €83.95  *

    Out of stock

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