Fred Lerdahl


Fred Lerdahl (b. 1943)
Fred Lerdahl is a professor of Music at Columbia University, and co-director of the Columbia Electronic Music Center. A researcher into contemporary music and cognitive theory, Lerdahl is also the author of a book, A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, co-authored with Ray Jackendoff, a professor of linguistics at Brandeis University. He has won several prizes as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Wake -- (1968). This piece is arranged for soprano, harp, string trio, and percussion, with a text taken from Finnegans Wake.

Links/CDs/Sound Samples

You can read more about Lerdahl on his CV Page at Columbia University.

Cognitive Constraints on Compositional Systems is a "discussion of Fred Lerdahl's article published in the Contemporary Music Review, 1992, vol. 6."

Wake is put out by Composers Recordings, Inc, who have a very useful homepage. (CRI also deals with several other Joyce-inspired composers: Otto Luening, Tod Machover, David Del Tredici, Roger Reynolds, and many others.)

You may listen to sound samples and/or purchase Fred Lerdahl CDs online from below:


Fred Lerdahl: Waltzes, Eros, Fantasy Etudes, Wake
Fred Lerdahl(Composer), et al / Audio CD / Released 1993

Non-Joycean Work

Lerdahl, Martino: String Quartets
Fred Lerdahl, Donald Martino(Composer), et al / Audio CD / Released 1993

--A. Ruch &
Bill Winter
15 December 2000
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