Mario Davidovsky (1934, Argentina/USA). Davidovsky graduated from the composition and theory class of Guillermo Graetzer at the University of Buenos Aires. He also studied at the Berkshire Music Center (now Tanglewood Music Center) with Aaron Copland and Milton Babbitt. It was under Babbitt’s influence, who at the time worked at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center, that Davidovsky developed an interest in electronic music. Copland encouraged Davidovsky to move to New York, where he was named assistant director at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. Davidovsky has taught at a number of institutions, including Harvard, the University of Michi-gan, Torcuato di Tella Institute in Buenos Aires, Manhattan School of Music, Yale University, City College of New York, and Mannes School of Music at The New School in New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Art.
Synchronisms No. 1 for flute and tape (1963)
Synchronisms No. 1 was written in 1963 as the first of the ten eponymous pieces that Davidovsky subsequently wrote for electronic tape and various acoustic instruments. The piece was first performed and recorded by the flutist Harvey Sollberger at Columbia University in May 1963. Synchronisms No. 1 is the first piece ever written for solo flute and electronic tape.