More music than you can shake a stick at!
The Eclipse Quartet
Piano and String Quartet
Hey, I’d love to pretend I know all about Feldman and his music – this would make me feel so smart. I don’t. I know people who impress the hell out of me are deeply impressed by Feldman’s music. I know he was friends with Philip Guston until Guston made that cartoon-ey / realist move in his painting. I know what is probably a hugely apocryphal story – told by Feldman himself and repeated in a June 2006 Alex Ross New Yorker story:
“My teacher Stefan Wolpe was a Marxist and he felt my music was too esoteric at the time. And he had his studio on a proletarian street, on Fourteenth Street and Sixth Avenue. . . . He was on the second floor and we were looking out the window, and he said, “What about the man on the street?” At that moment . . . Jackson Pollock was crossing the street. The crazy artist of my generation was crossing the street at that moment.”
(Read more of this Ross article here: http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/06/19/060619crat_atlarge#ixzz16mUk6Cr3)
Gross name dropper.
About his music I only know what I’ve experienced. It always seems kind of quiet to me. Kind of jazz-like. Maybe if Stan Kenton and Miles Davis played real softly in a room next door to where I sat with a book, smoking a cigarette and a drinking cocktail; reading and thinking – that would be Morton Feldman music.