Friday, April 16, 2010

Morton Feldman at the Woodstock Festival?


'We've decided to go classical with the festival this year, maybe a string quartet, more contemporary, like Morton Feldman? Very avant-garde'.
Dialogue from Ang Lee's new film Taking Woodstock, that's the theatrical release poster above. The festival that's going classical is Elliot Tiber's White Lake arts and music event which became the Woodstock Festival after plans to hold the concert in nearby Wallkill were blocked by the town's residents. The Earthlight Theatre Troupe did make it from the White Lake festival to the big one, but sadly Morton Feldman's music did not. Probably for the reason that the dialogue in the impressively researched film does not seem to be in Elliot Tiber's book of the same title on which the film is based. However the connection is plausible as Elliot Tiber studied art at Brooklyn College with Mark Rothko, and Morton Feldman's music was influenced by Rothko's paintings, including of course his choral work Rothko Chapel - see CD below. Morton Feldman and the Woodstock Festival may not have come together, but the equally unlikely combination of Pete Seeger and Benjamin Britten did.


Image credit Wikipedia. I bought and enjoyed Elliot Tiber's book Taking Woodstock some time before Ang Lee's equally enjoyable film was made. Taking Woodstock was borrowed on DVD from Norwich Library. The New Albion CD of Morton Feldman's music was bought at retail. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk

4 comments:

Bodie said...

I heard Morton Feldman's "Palais de Mari" in concert once. It was like a good acid trip. Time slowed way down. I could almost feel the tectonic plates grinding against each other.

Pliable said...

Not Morton Feldman, but Philip Glass - here is an abstact from a 2006 student paper by Kevin Vanderburg at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston:

I will be doing a paper called “Nondialetive Structures in the Music of Philip Glass”. I shortened the title from a more complex one to allow me the freedom to explore the topic in a freer way. In this paper, I will discuss some of the minimalist techniques that Philip Glass uses – particularly in “Music in 12 Parts” “Strung Out” “1+1” and “Einstein on the Beach.” This will include examples from the literature of additive and subtractive structures as a way to create form, as in “Music in 12 Parts.” I will be examining “Einstein on the Beach” as an allegorical LSD experience as illustrated by the La So Do theme that occurs as the audience enters, and as the work ends. I will be using philosophical statements by Glass and Robert Wilson to further illustrate the possibility of this being an allegory for such an experience. In addition, I will be using sources of Timothy Leary's explanations of what happens to the mind during actual psychotropic experiences and the religious nature of such experiences, and that Leary himself did an “Einstein based musical portrait” prior to the release of “Einstein on the Beach”. I will also be exploring some of Glass's religious and cultural affiliations.

http://www.uh.edu/~tkoozin/4365/termPapers.html

Pliable said...

See also - http://www.overgrownpath.com/2009/04/acid-dreams.html

Bodie said...

Sounds like an interesting paper. I would like to read it sometime. Thank you.