Instrumentation: cello and chamber ensemble
Premiere Location: Miller Theater, Columbia University
Premiere Ensemble: Anssi Karttunen and the Argento Ensemble
Notes: Dedicated to Anssi Karttunen.
Title: Quiet Music
Premiere Location: New York
Premiere Ensemble: American Composers Orchestra
Title: Beyond the Realm of Bird
Instrumentation: soprano and chamber orchestra
Premiere Location: New York, 1982
Premiere Ensemble: Elsa Charleston and the Chicago Contemporary Ensemble
Notes: Co-commissioned with the University of Chicago for Paul Fromm’s 75th birthday.
Premiere Location: Tanglewood Music Center, MA 1974
Premiere Ensemble: Gunther Schuller, conductor
Notes: Renamed Chords.
Fred Lerdahl’s music has been commissioned and performed by major chamber ensembles and orchestras in the United States and around the world, and he has been resident composer at leading institutions and festivals. He studied at Lawrence, Princeton, and Tanglewood and taught at UC/Berkeley, Harvard, Michigan, and Columbia, where he was Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition from 1991 to 2018. Three of his works—Time after Time, the Third String Quartet, and Arches—were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in music. His music is published by Schott Music Corporation and has been widely recorded for various labels, including Bridge Records, which is producing an ongoing series of his music. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.