Paging Dr. Feldman, Dr. Morton Feldman

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

If you were ever on the fence about the great American composer Morton Feldman, this week's edition of The Brothers Balliett will make you a life-long fan. Well known for his friendship with Cage and Stockhausen, for his delicate textures and heart-breaking harmonies, for his pioneering work in graphic scores, and for those big thick glasses, Feldman's music is irresistible and a must for any contemporary household.

We open with 4 Pianos, Feldman's contribution to a long line of music for multiple keyboards, already explored by Mozart, Stravinsky, and many others. Different? Oh yes. Beautiful? You better believe it. But this is just an appetizer for the main course: For Samuel Beckett, an unbelievably beautiful large work, with that classic "slowly rotating crystal" sound that characterizes the best of Feldman's output. Put it on, shut your eyes, and see where you end up.

And tune in next week, when the Brothers Balliett turn a critical eye on the Electric Guitar!

Hosted by:

Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett

Comments [2]

John M from UK

The audio stream is not available for me...

May. 02 2013 03:23 PM
Al Grimley

February 2011 - Lincoln Center had a concert that opened with I think Feldman's "King of Denmark" and then the main event was this "For Samuel Beckett." I came down from Vermont to see it. Anyway, I'm in the first mezzanine row and there's more than a few older, elderly season-ticket-holder-looking types around me. The "Beckett" piece is a LONG fifty-odd minutes. I mean he's got pieces that are an hour and ten -- "Piano & String Quartet," "For John Cage" -- that seem far shorter than this piece. Well we're all listening and the piece is droning on and on; there's a few silences in the piece, everyone thinks it's over, people start getting excited, it keeps going. When the piece finally ended, there was this hesitant silence in the audience -- no one knew what just happened, this totally abstract experience. About two rows behind me, this white-haired old lady cut through the silence to loudly scoff and say to her friend, "Oh, thank GOD!"

May. 02 2013 03:19 PM

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