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Morton Feldman (born January 12, 1926, died September 3, 1987) was an American composer. He is best known for his instrumental pieces which are frequently written for unusual groups of instruments, feature isolated, carefully chosen, predominantly quiet sounds, and are often very long.

Feldman was born in New York City. He studied piano with Madame Maurina-Press, a pupil of Ferruccio Busoni, and later composition with Wallingford Riegger and Stefan Wolpe. He did not agree with many of the views of these composition teachers, and he spent much of his time simply arguing with them. Feldman was composing at this time, but in a style very different from that with which he would later be associated.

In 1950, Feldman went to hear the New York Philharmonic give a performance of Anton Webern’s Symphony. At the concert, he met John Cage, and the two became good friends. Under Cage’s influence, Feldman began to write pieces which had no relation to compositional systems of the past, such as the constraints of traditional harmony or the serial technique. He experimented with non-standard systems of musical notation, often using grids in his scores, and specifying how many notes should be played at a certain time, but not which ones. Feldman’s experiments with the use of chance in his composition in turn inspired John Cage to write pieces like the Music of Changes, where the notes to be played are determined by consulting the I Ching. aleatoric music and indeterminate music.]


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  • kkjjnjjjj

    Does anyone know why the vocals on the New Albion release of Three Voices are panned as they are? Was that how Feldman intended them to be?

    29 Jun 7:05am Reply
  • I0000days

    He's like my neighbour Totoro. ^^

    21 Jun 9:27pm Reply
  • Tuntury

    I put it back:

    4 May 7:16pm Reply
  • Urubutsin

    Which one?

    30 Apr 8:46am Reply
  • Romanshower

    I miss that colour picture.

    26 Mar 8:57pm Reply
  • Jaina999

    Хороший дядька.

    18 Mar 7:59pm Reply
  • Tuntury

    What happened to that coloured picture of him? It was lovely.

    26 Feb 5:16pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    если Кейдж - лучший теоретик нью-йоркского авангарда, то Фельдман - лучший мелодист

    5 Feb 4:35am Reply
  • lennford

    When I die bury me inside the cello-store

    16 Jan 12:42am Reply
  • marshling

    not me Anonymous 01/08/14(Wed)01:28 UTC No.43206375 [Reply]Replies: >>43206579 itt: pleb stories >chilling with friends >put morton feldman's second string quartet >confront myself and my self (as an ontological historical entity) with the mirror of atonality (as a mirror is not an empathic but a reflexive entity, alien to the space and time it reflects and only existing by itself in relation to the other) and realize the boundaries of human thought, comprehension and consciousness >reach rational ecstasy >pleb friend gets up and says "what is this silence shit, lmao, put some nirvana" >get angry at their rockist subaltern consumption conditioned by the structures of power of the imperialist white economies, but contain it >calm myself down by remembering quotes from finnegans wake, my favorite book since i was a teenager >mfw can't express myself because i'm a spectator in the society of spectacle

    8 Jan 1:40am Reply
  • njcfm

    true musicians are fat [2]

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • copticlight

    tough as nails

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • GiaNXGX

    necessary ballot

    5 Oct 2013 Reply
  • yourmilk

    It's amazing though so who cares

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • GiaNXGX

    minimalism this is not

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • I0000days

    true musicians are fat

    24 Jul 2013 Reply
  • IAmDillin

    big fat fat man titties

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • IAmDillin

    i bet he had big fat titties hiding under his jackets

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Antiquesphere

    Morton Feldman with ever-present cigarette. Genius!

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • jjjjjjjjjjjjonj

    The Live at Buffalo recording of Crippled Symmetry is magic! Much more fun to listen to than The EAR Unit recording, which is nice to have as a reference copy for close analysis maybe (since it sounds to me like it was recorded with close-mic'ed instruments?) but sounds kind of sterile compared to the ambiance of the Buffalo. wondrous piece of music, regardless ^_^

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
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