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Morton Feldman

(1926—1987)


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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.:

opera:

Neither

(S. Beckett) (1977).

orch.:

Marginal Intersection

(1951);

Atlantis

(1958);

Structures

(1960–2);

In Search of an Orchestration

(1969);

The Viola in My Life IV

(1971);

String Quartet and Orchestra

(1973);

Oboe and Orchestra

(1976);

The Turfan Fragments

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

instr. ens.:

Projections II

(1951), V (1951);

Durations V

(1961);

2 Pieces for 6 Instruments

(1964);

Between Categories

(1969);

The Viola in My Life I and II

(1972);

Routine Investigations

(1976).

chamber music:

Projection I–V

(1950–1);

3 Pieces

, str. qt. (1956);

Durations I–IV

(1960–2);

Vertical Thoughts I–IV

(1963);

The Viola in My Life III

(1970);

3 Clarinets, Cello and Piano

(1971);

Voice, Violin and Piano

(1976);

String Quartet

(1979), No.2 (1983);

For John Cage

(1982).

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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