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Mario Davidovsky

The Fanny P. Mason Professor of Composition at Harvard University, Mario Davidovsky joined the Harvard Faculty in 1994. Born in Mendanos, Argentina (1934), where he was one of eleven brothers and sisters, all of whom played musical instruments or sang. After first coming to America at the suggestion of Aaron Copland to study at Tanglewood, Davidovsky settled in New York City in 1960 and began a close association with the Columbia/Princeton Electronic Music Center.

Photo of MarioHe is perhaps most widely recognized for his contributions in the realm of electro-acoustic music, with his series of Synchronisms for instrument(s) and tape, and received the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for Synchronism #6 for piano and tape. Davidovsky has also composed numerous acoustic works, including his recent Concertino for violin and orchestra for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Recent recordings recommended by soundout include the Divertimento for cello and orchestra, played by Fred Sherry with George Rothman leading the Riverside Symphony; and, Synchronisms #10 for guitar and electronic sounds (1992) played by David Starobin [Bridge BCD 9042].


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