Columbia University Music Department

Faculty in the Department of Music at Columbia University

Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition

Administrative Roles:

Seat, Composition Region Committee Contact Information

Office Address:

602 Dodge

Telephone Number(s):

212-854-1295

Fred Lerdahl learned at Lawrence University, Princeton, and Tanglewood. He has got taught at UC/Berkeley, Harvard, and Michigan, and since 1991 he has been Fritz Reiner Professor of Music at Columbia University.

Commissions came from the Fromm Foundation, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Spoleto Festival, National Endowment for Arts, the Chamber musical community of Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, Chamber Music America, among others. Among the list of businesses that have performed their works will be the ny Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the san francisco bay area 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 people, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, 8th blackbird, Speculum Musicae, Collage, Argento, Talea, the Peabody Trio, the Juilliard Quartet, the Pro Arte Quartet, the Daedalus Quartet, Ensemble XXI, Lontano, and Venice Biennale.

He has got experienced residence at Marlboro musical Festival, IRCAM, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the American Academy in Rome, the Bowdoin summertime Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Beijing Modern musical Festival, the Etchings Festival, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, in addition to Center for Advanced research in Behavioral Sciences. Lerdahl’s songs is commercially recorded on several labels and Bridge registers has generated “The Music of Fred Lerdahl” portrait show.

Their seminal guide A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, co-authored with linguist Ray Jackendoff, is a founding document for the developing industry of cognitive science of songs. His subsequent guide, Tonal Pitch Space, won the 2003 distinguished guide award from the Society for Music Theory and an ASCAP-Deems Taylor award. A 3rd book (happening), Composition and Cognition, predicated on his 2011 Bloch Lectures at UC/Berkeley, will bring together his twin task as composer and theorist.

This year Lerdahl was honored with account in the United states Academy of Arts and Letters. Three of his works composed since 2000—Time after Time for chamber ensemble, the 3rd String Quartet, and Arches for cello and chamber orchestra—have already been finalists for Pulitzer Prize in songs.


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