Morton Feldman (January 12, 1926 – September 3, 1987) was an American composer, born in New York City.
A major figure in 20th-century music, Feldman went through several compositional phases. He was a pioneer in aleatoric music and indeterminate music, and in music requiring improvisation. His works are characterized by quietness, slowness, and often by their extreme length, especially in his later music.
Feldman studied composition with Wallingford Riegger and Stefan Wolpe. In the 1950s, much more influenced by Abstract Expressionist painters than by other composers, he began using a method of graphic notation that included such devices as indicating the length of a note by a horizontal line drawn in the score, or specifying the number of notes to be played in a segment by a number. Pitch and rhythm were indicated in very general terms, the main interest being in the manipulation of contrasting densities and timbres, usually played very softly. After further experiments in the 1960s, he returned to conventional notation in his compositions. Feldman’s music was typically minimalist in its simplicity, austerity, and meditative quality. He explored original timbres by means of slowly paced repetitions of unrelated, soft sounds, creating a hushed and ethereal mood with them.
Analysis of Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 2.pdf
Feldman Triadic Memories.pdf
Feldman, Morton - Extensions 3 for piano (1952).pdf
Feldman, Morton - for bunita marcus (1985).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Intermission 1 and 2 for piano (1950).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Intermission 3 for piano (1952).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Intermission 4 for piano (1952).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Intermission 5 for piano (1952).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Intermission 6 for piano (1953).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Intersection 2 for piano (1951).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Intersection 3 for piano (1953).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Last Pieces for piano (1959).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Nature Pieces for Piano.pdf
Feldman, Morton - Palais de Mari for piano (1986).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Piano (1977).pdf
Feldman, Morton - Piano Piece (to Philip Guston).pdf
Rothko Chapel (full score).pdf
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