Morton Feldman


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(b NY, 1926; d Buffalo, 1987).

Amer. composer. Later influenced by the theories and ideas of Cage, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, and David Tudor. Used indeterminacy and graphic notation in his mus. from Projections (1950–1). Another major influence was the painting of Jackson Pollock and W. de Kooning, and Feldman said that he tried, in sound, to emulate the world of their art. Low dynamic levels and occasional use of oscillators are also features of his work. Comps. incl.:



(S. Beckett) (1977).


Marginal Intersection






In Search of an Orchestration


The Viola in My Life IV


String Quartet and Orchestra


Oboe and Orchestra


The Turfan Fragments

(1980); vn. conc. (1984).

instr. ens.:

Projections II

(1951), V (1951);

Durations V


2 Pieces for 6 Instruments


Between Categories


The Viola in My Life I and II


Routine Investigations


chamber music:

Projection I–V


3 Pieces

, str. qt. (1956);

Durations I–IV


Vertical Thoughts I–IV


The Viola in My Life III


3 Clarinets, Cello and Piano


Voice, Violin and Piano


String Quartet

(1979), No.2 (1983);

For John Cage


Also vocal and choral works, solo works for vc., perc., and org., and many works for pf. (solo or for 2, 3, 4, or 5 pfs.).

Subjects: Music.

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