Morton Feldman: the last one

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Sun 17 Sep 2023 16:00 - 17:15
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16:00 - 17:15
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Morton Feldman Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello


Emma Breedveld violin
Heleen Hulst viola
Mick Stirling cello
Gerard Bouwhuis piano

Listening fascinated to gradual changes

The often gentle music of American composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987) always takes a moment to travel from the instruments to the ear. But once it arrives, intense activity develops in certain brain regions. Then you continue to listen with fascination to the gradual succession of chords and changes that unfold and which you don't want to miss. What is the secret of this music? Is it Feldman's unfailing intuition?

Certainly it has to do with the inspiration he received through the art of befriended New York painters and artists. "I learned more from painters than composers," Feldman said. The more than 70-minute Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello was his final composition. The music resembles a mobile by the American sculptor Calder: weightless chords of nearly the same dimensions float in space, giving you the feeling that time no longer exists.

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