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Morton Feldman

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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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  • I0000days

    Like bulls gone amok in bloody red trails of aimless fury, in their desperation to suggest anything at all, artificial prognoses of aesthetic understandings continue to keep painting their foreseeing ineptitudes with minimalistic strokes of web-spread nothingness. Why is it that the question which asks why baseless connotations are losing their promised self-disillusioning omnipotence in vague contextuality spiffed up as symbolism is still worth putting in an era of multilateral, firmly fastened progress lays beyond my reach of kindness to permit myself to spit blessings of toleration towards its dry springs. When the descriptive nature of things is obscured by velocity and weight, it is more than oftentimes that feeble-minded slowpokes will run far and away from the meat of things, and then call their cowardly mental fugue art, or worse, pass it on further in the sheep Olympics of mirroring as a viable product. It is music alright, but more than that is evolutionary stalling,

    6 Jun 9:30am Reply
  • I0000days

    for, contrary to procrastination, it deliberately contributes to the death of any what’s left of the adherence towards the dynamism of truth. The notion of minimalism in music functions like that, it is merely a butchering of minima moralia’s frameworks, a shifting of its gestures of representation from functional recognization to mimesis dressed as an excuse for stylistic renewing - the very definition of inefficiency, of not doing anything by doing too much, kinda like this shout, oh.

    6 Jun 9:30am Reply
  • HydenAcero

    Rothko Chapel goes beyond any kind of trascendental wannabe music I've ever heard. Really impressing, I love it.

    1 Jun 10:32pm Reply
  • U-Brother

    come to brazil [5]

    12 May 8:35am Reply
  • vlijm

    he's like my neighbour Totoro [2]

    29 Mar 4:45pm Reply
  • extruded

    I don't want to listen to anything but Morton Feldman what's wrong with me help

    15 Mar 5:48am Reply
  • Synect

    still not minimalism

    15 Mar 3:28am Reply
  • sqmaster1234

    come to brazil [4]

    26 Feb 5:01pm Reply
  • REDvv

    The complexity of minimalism (though he composed before the "minimalist" trend)

    6 Feb 12:24am Reply
  • kynodontas

    come to brazil [3]

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • dragonkeeper06

    come to brazil [2]

    10 Sep 2014 Reply
  • auhasard

    come to brazil

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Selenaru_Negrea

    Patterns in a Chromatic Field deserves more plays...

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • CosmicPi

    Extraordinary

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • I0000days

    He's like my neighbour Totoro. ^^

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Tuntury

    I put it back: http://www.last.fm/music/Morton+Feldman/+images/98698243

    4 May 2014 Reply
  • Romanshower

    I miss that colour picture.

    26 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Jaina999

    Хороший дядька.

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Tuntury

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

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
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