Note to a friend, 2. music music music

Philip Guston "Friend - to M.F." 1978. In the early 1950's, through his friend John Cage, Feldman met Philip Guston, along with many other artists of the New York School. Guston became Feldman's closest friend. This close friendship broke up in 1970. The rift was precipitated by Feldman's failure to respond positively to Guston's new work, the first in his later "cartoonlike" style. In 1978, Guston painted "Friend - To M.F." - a portrait of Feldman in profile, his head turned away: "an image of their mutually regretted estrangement"(Robert Storr, Philip Guston, p50). Quoted from and with link to "Chris Villars Homepage," an amazing resource for Feldman info. Villars is also an artist himself and shows his own work on the site.

Philip Guston "Friend - to M.F." 1978. In the early 1950's, through his friend John Cage, Feldman met Philip Guston, along with many other artists of the New York School. Guston became Feldman's closest friend. This close friendship broke up in 1970. The rift was precipitated by Feldman's failure to respond positively to Guston's new work, the first in his later "cartoonlike" style. In 1978, Guston painted "Friend - To M.F." - a portrait of Feldman in profile, his head turned away: "an image of their mutually regretted estrangement"(Robert Storr, Philip Guston, p50). Quoted from and with link to "Chris Villars Homepage," an amazing resource for Feldman info. Villars is also an artist himself and shows his own work on the site.

Dear Stephanie,

Congratulations on the show in NY! The pics online are beautiful. I wish I could go but as usual time and $$$ are in short supply…

I’m getting around to making that list of concerts D and I hope to attend. Fingers are crossed that we make some of them!

I have to begin with Piano Spheres next concert on Monday, Nov 30 – Vicki Ray and the Eclips Quartet playing Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet. Ray’s own website. We’ve seen Ray perform with the LA Phil, with Jacaranda and at Piano Spheres over the years – to say that she kicks butt mightn’t be polite but the image is pretty accurate. Ray is head of the Piano Dep’t at Cal Arts. (Does anybody ever call Cal Arts the artistic Olympus of Valencia???)

Feldman is the guy who made music with and for the New York School(s) of poets and artists. For good writing on Feldman see Alex Ross’s valuable and super helpful 2006 profile in the New Yorker. Here is a page with links to online listening opportunities, also from Villars.

I gotta break for a bit, it’s 1:00 pm on Friday and my boss is calling…

7:30 now, home from work.

Monday Evening Concerts is Monday, Nov 15 – another piano show. Alexei Lubimov playing music of John Cage, Arvo Part, CPE Bach, Tigran Mansurian, Franz Liszt, Tigran Mansurian, Valentin Silvestrov, Frederic Chopin, Georgs Pelecis, Galina Ustvolskaya. I don’t know much about the player or the particular music being played. Fortunately for me and those of you who are interested but as ignorant as I am MEC offers a link to the Program Notes, written by Paul Griffiths. When one is offering an experience that is likely to be new to an audience this seems like the perfect thing to do! I assure you these are detailed yet easy to read. I won’t be making this show but if you have time and are curious I strongly recommend you support MEC and indulge your own hunger for culture by attending.

John Cage Imaginary Landscape No. 1, 1939. Image from and link to Medienkunstnetz. Cool site that pretty much encompasses media and digital art through history. Fun to explore.

John Cage Imaginary Landscape No. 1, 1939. Image from and link to Medienkunstnetz. Cool site that pretty much encompasses media and digital art through history. Fun to explore.

Listen to Stephen Drury play Cage’s In A Landscape.

Listen to C.P.E. Bach’s Fantasia in F-sharp minor played by “such a drama queen” Victor Goldberg.

Listen now to Ustvolskaya’ Piano Sonata No. 6 played by Frank Denyer. Helpful commentary by Hexameron and Denyer himself.

Video from a Master Class with Part playing and discussing Fur Alina.

Paul Barnes plays Part’s Fur Alina.

Liszt La lugubre gondola II played in Bogota by Alvaro Ordonez in 2006.

The elusin Martha Argerich plays Chopin’s Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 (Argerich is scheduled (once again) to play at Disney Hall this season. I sure hope so!)

You’ll understand that the pieces I’ve linked will be played on Monday by Mr. Lubimov. Now that I’ve done all this listening and reading, now do my regrets begin. God if there were only two of me…..

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