Five Movements (For Morty Feldman)

My former teacher, Robert Keyser, introduced me to Feldman's music when I was an art student in 1971 with an old copy of a record. I've been interested in his music ever since then. Feldman's article, "After Modernism", written for Art in America in December 1971, had a big influence on me as an art student at that time.

Those words come from American painter Marc Salz (b. 1949) His Five Movements (For Morty Feldman) in oil on Baltic birch is seen above. There are more Morton Feldman resources here including links to nineteen other artists who have been inspired by Feldman's music.

Morton Feldman features in the late night BBC Prom on August 20 in this refreshingly adventurous programme from the refreshingly adventurous BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra:

John Cage First Construction (in Metal)
Cornelius Cardew Bun No.1 (London Premiere)
Howard Skempton Lento
Morton Feldman Piano and Orchestra (London Premiere)
John Tilbury piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov conductor

Hindemith the painter is here.

Thanks go to David Cavlovic for pointing out this path from Morton Feldman at the Woodstock Festival? I apologise to Marc Salz for cropping his Five Movements (For Morty Feldman). The blog page format is not kind to images with a strong vertical element and squaring them off gives them a lot more impact, hence my insensitive cropping. Also I am afraid the image quality is not particularly good, that's because of the small low-res original on the artist's website, presumably to stop copying. 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


Pliable said…
Email received:

Interesting : the link on Feldman site on how he was interpreted by jazz musicians‏


It does not seem to exist for Messiaen.

However, go to Le son du Grisli -

and have a look at Sylvie Couvoisier & Mark Feldman: first track on To fly, to steal is called … Messiaenesque

Unknown said…
You don't mention the Feldman exhibition now on at the Museum of Modern Art in Dublin; comes with a splendid accompanying book:

And the website you link to is not Mark Salz's, but Chris Villars's. It's the major Feldman resource on the internet.

Pliable said…
Thanks for that RK and I am glad you appreciated the Morton Feldman post.

I've cleared up the confusion on the websites on the post.

Happy reading,

rchrd said…
The premiere broadcast of four never before recorded works by Feldman will be on Friday April 30 11pm (Pacific Time) on Music From Other Minds on KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco, and on the web for on-demand streaming starting May 1 at the MFOM website.

Two Pieces for Danny Stern (1948) for cello and piano

Extensions 5 (1953) for 2 cellos

Wind, for Naomi Newman, text by Boris Pasternak (1960) for vioce and piano

For Stockhausen, Cage, Stravinsky, and Mary Sprinson (1972) for cello and piano

These works, and others, are on a new release from OgreOgress

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