A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Tod Machover

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November 24, 1953: Tod Machover is born in Mount Vernon, New York, USA, the son of Carl Machover, a computer expert, and Wilma Simon, a pianist.
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March 23, 1976: Sun for piano by Tod Machover (23) is performed for the first time, at the Juilliard School of Music, New York.
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April 10, 1977: Fresh Spring for baritone and chamber ensemble by Tod Machover (23) to words of Spenser is performed for the first time.
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September 7, 1977: Ye Gentle Birds for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and winds by Tod Machover (23) to words of Spenser is performed for the first time, in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.
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May 15, 1978: With Dadaji in Paradise for cello by Tod Machover (24) is performed for the first time, in New York by the composer.
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May 3, 1979: Déplacements for amplified guitar and computer generated tape by Tod Machover (25) is performed for the first time, in Wigmore Hall, London.
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May 22, 1979: Concerto for amplified guitar and chamber orchestra by Tod Machover (25) is performed for the first time, in Alice Tully Hall, New York. Also premiered are Machover’s Two Songs for soprano and chamber ensemble to words of Moss, and Yoku Mireba for flute, cello, and piano.
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November 15, 1979: Light for chamber orchestra and computer electronics by Tod Machover (25) is performed for the first time, in Metz.
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May 20, 1980: Soft Morning, City! for soprano, double bass, and computer generated tape by Tod Machover (26) to words of Joyce is performed for the first time, in St. John’s Smith Square, London.
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April 10, 1981: Winter Variations for chamber ensemble by Tod Machover (27) is performed for the first time, in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York the composer conducting.
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September 21, 1982: Fusione Fugace for electronics by Tod Machover (28) is performed for the first time, in Venice.
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December 6, 1983: Electric Etudes for amplified cello and live and prerecorded computer electronics by Tod Machover (30) is performed for the first time, in the American Center, Paris, directed by the composer. Also premiered is Machover’s Chanson d’amour for piano.
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May 11, 1984: String Quartet no.1 by Tod Machover (30) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Space, New York.
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May 18, 1984: Spectres Parisiens for flute, horn, cello, chamber orchestra, and computer electronics by Tod Machover (30) is performed for the first time, in Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
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October 10, 1984: Hidden Sparks for violin by Tod Machover (30) is performed for the first time, in Veterans’ Hall, San Francisco.
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March 11, 1985: Nature’s Breath for chamber orchestra by Tod Machover (31) is performed for the first time, in Théâtre du Rond Point, Paris.
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March 18, 1986: Famine for four amplified voices and computer generated sound by Tod Machover (32) is performed for the first time, in St. Peter’s Chapel, New York.
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December 2, 1987: VALIS, an opera by Tod Machover (34) to his own words after Dick, is performed for the first time, at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris conducted by the composer.
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December 1, 1988: A revised version of Valis, an opera by Tod Machover (35) to words of Ikam, Raymond, and the composer after Dick, is performed for the first time, at the Pompidou Center, Paris.
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January 20, 1989: Towards the Center for amplified flute, clarinet, violin, cello, electronic keyboard, and percussion with five hyperinstrument electronics by Tod Machover (35) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Space, New York.
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March 15, 1989: Valis Music for piano, keyboards, percussion, and tape by Tod Machover (35), based on the music of his opera Valis, is performed for the first time, in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
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April 3, 1989: Desires for orchestra by Tod Machover (35) is performed for the first time, in New York.
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August 10, 1990: Flora for prerecorded soprano and computer-generated sound by Tod Machover (36) is performed for the first time, in a prerecorded format, in Boston.
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January 21, 1991: Bug Mudra for two guitars, electronic percussion, conducting dataglove, and interactive computer electronics by Tod Machover (37) is performed for the first time, in Bunkamura Theatre, Tokyo directed by the composer.
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August 15, 1991: Begin Again Again... for hypercello by Tod Machover (38) is performed for the first time, at Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts by the commissioner, Yo-Yo Ma. It will constitute Part I of Hyperstring Trilogy. See 25 July 1996.
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February 3, 1992: Song of Penance for hyperviola, computer voice, and chamber ensemble by Tod Machover (38) to words of Moss is performed for the first time, in Los Angeles. This will constitute the second part of Hyperstring Trilogy. See 25 July 1996.
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September 20, 1992: Bounce for hyperkeyboards, Yamaha Disklavier Grand piano, and interactive computer electronics by Tod Machover (38) is performed for the first time, in Chicago.
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November 22, 1993: Forever and Ever for hyperviolin and orchestra by Tod Machover (40) is performed for the first time, in the Ordway Theatre, St. Paul, Minnesota.
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October 13, 1994: Several works are premiered in Merkin Hall, New York: Fragment for string quartet by Elliott Carter (85), Ned Rorem’s (70) Somewhere... for voice and piano the composer at the keyboard, Base for piano, left hand by Louis Andriessen (55), Quartet Movement in Memoriam DH by Robin Holloway (50), Spirit Quartet for string quartet and electronics by Tod Machover (40) and Music, minus one for string quartet and one other musician by Steven Mackey (38).
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October 17, 1994: Brain Opera, a two-act opera and magic trick by Tod Machover (40) to words of Gillette, Teller, and the composer, is performed for the first time, in Kresge Auditorium of the Massachusetts Institute of Techonology.
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January 20, 1995: Media/Medium Suite for amplified cello and Yamaha Disklavier and tape by Tod Machover (40) is performed for the first time, in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SanFrancisco.
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May 13, 1995: I Was Looking At the Ceiling And Then I Saw the Sky, a song play by John Adams (48) to words of Jordan, is performed for the first time, in Zellerbach Playhouse at the University of California, Berkeley the composer conducting. Also premiered is Wake-Up Music for orchestra by Tod Machover (41).
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July 25, 1996: Hyperstring Trilogy for hypercello, hyperviola, hyperviolin, and chamber orchestra by Tod Machover (42) is performed for the first time, at Lincoln Center, New York.
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April 6, 1997: He’s Our Dad for soprano, keyboard, and computer generated sound by Tod Machover (43) to words of Julie Anderson Machover is performed for the first time, at the Boston Computer Museum, the composer taking the vocal part.
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June 5, 1998: “Meteorite”, an underground, interactive museum opens in Essen. The electronic, computer-interactive music for the space was developed by Tod Machover (44).
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April 19, 1999: Resurrection, an opera by Tod Machover to (45) words of Harrington and Murray after Tolstoy, is performed for the first time, at Houston Grand Opera.
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December 31, 1999: Trio for the Beginning of Time for piano trio by Tod Machover (46) is performed for the first time, in First and Second Church, Boston.
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October 13, 2001: Sparkler for orchestra and electronics by Tod Machover (47) is performed for the first time, in Carnegie Hall, New York.
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April 12, 2002: Toy Symphony for hyperviolin, children’s chorus, orchestra, and electronics by Tod Machover (48) is performed for the first time, in the National Concert Hall, Dublin.
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April 23, 2004: I Dreamt a Dream for female chorus and piano by Tod Machover (50) to words of Blake is performed for the first time, in New York.
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June 4, 2004: HyperEtudes for piano by Tod Machover (50) is performed for the first time, in Kresge Auditorium of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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October 14, 2004: Hyper Dim-Sums : Glade, Winding Line, and Punchy for string quartet by Tod Machover (50) is performed for the first time, in the Contemporary Art Museum of La Jolla, California.
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December 3, 2004: Fisher-Price announces the release of Color Pixter®Symphony Painter in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and Tod Machover (51). It is music software based on Machover’s Hyperscore that allows children to draw music and have it played back.
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March 12, 2005: Music in the Garden, an interactive installation by Tod Machover (51) in collaboration with landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy, opens to the public in the Marshall Fields store in Minneapolis. It remains open until 26 March.
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March 27, 2005: Sea Soaring and Music Garden for prerecorded flute, electronics, and audience-interactive hyperinstruments by Tod Machover (51) is performed for the first time, in Marshall Fields, Minneapolis. It was commissioned by Marshall Fields for their annual garden show.
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June 1, 2005: Jeux deux for hyperpiano, orchestra, and video projections by Tod Machover (51) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Hall, Boston.
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October 13, 2005: …but not simpler… for string quartet by Tod Machover (51) is performed for the first time, at the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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March 27, 2006: Another Life for nine instruments and electronics by Tod Machover (52) is performed for the first time, in Boston.
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May 11, 2007: VinylCello for hypercello, DJ and live electronics by Tod Machover (53) is performed for the first time, in Berkeley, California.
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November 24, 2008: Skellig, an opera by Tod Machover to words of Almond, is performed for the first time, in Newcastle on the composer’s 55th birthday.
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September 24, 2010: Death and the Powers, an opera by Tod Machover (56) to words of Pinsky, is performed for the first time, in Salle Garnier, Monte Carlo.
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April 15, 2011: Chomsky Suite for string quartet by Tod Machover (57) is performed for the first time, in Kresge Auditorium of MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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March 9, 2013: A Toronto Symphony for orchestra by Tod Machover (59) is performed for the first time, in Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.
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August 27, 2013: Festival City for orchestra and electronics by Tod Machover (59) is performed for the first time, in Usher Hall, Edinburgh.
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March 1, 2014: Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea: A Symphony for Perth for orchestra and electronics by Tod Machover (60) is performed for the first time, in Perth, Australia.
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November 9, 2014: Breathless for flute and orchestra by Tod Machover (60) is performed for the first time, at Bemidji High School, Bemidhi, Minnesota.
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May 16, 2015: De l’Expérience for organ, electronics, and narrator by Tod Machover (61), is performed for the first time, in Maison symphonique de Montréal.
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August 23, 2015: Re-Structures for two pianos and live electronics by Tod Machover (61) is performed for the first time, in the KKL, Luzerner Saal, Lucerne. Also premiered is Gruß-Moment for orchestra by Wolfgang Rihm (63).
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September 5, 2015: A Symphony for Lucerne for orchestra by Tod Machover (61) is performed for the first time, in the KKL, Luzerner Saal, Lucerne.
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September 12, 2015: Fensadense for large ensemble by Tod Machover (61) is performed for the first time, in the KKL, Luzerner Saal, Lucerne.
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November 20, 2015: Symphony in D for orchestra and electronics by Tod Machover (61) is performed for the first time, in Orchestra Hall, Detroit.