Personalities | Morton Feldman | Contemporary | Classical

American composer

Associated with Cage’s circle of musicians, Feldman was also strongly affected by the aesthetic of the abstract Expressionist painters in New York. His music displays a distrust of intellectual, rigorous systems of writing, exploring instead abstract forms and an instinctive approach to composition. He is well known for his graphic scores, such as his five Projections (1950–51). In these scores he gives only the approximate register (high, middle or low), a sense of who plays together, the type of sound (pizzicato, harmonic, and so on), and the tempo and duration of notes.

Recommended Recording:
Rothko Chapel, soloists, UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus (cond) Philip Brett (New Albion)

Introduction | Contemporary | Classical
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