- Series: Exact Change
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Exact Change (March 2, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878972316
- ISBN-13: 978-1878972316
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Composer Morton Feldman (1926-87) was a crucial figure in the post-war New York art world, using elements of chance composition to construct exquisite, quietly powerful scores that produce wonderfully varied interpretations. In Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman, Feldman reflects on his own work and ideas, as well as on those of Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank O'Hara, John Cage and many others. If "Silence is my substitute for counterpoint," these occasional articulations give us a way into it.
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About Morton Feldman:
"Like the artists involved in the new American painting, he was pursuing a personal search for expression which could not be limited by any system
His music sets in motion a spiritual life which is rare in any period and especially so in ours."
"He talked wonderfully, sharply, outrageously, but that wasnt quite his music. One thinks of the disparity of his large, strong presence and the delicate, hypersoft music, but in fact he too was, among other things, full of tenderness and the music is, among other things, as tough as nails."
"There are people who say, If musics that easy to write, I could do it. Of course they could, but they dont. I find Feldmans own statement more affirmative. We were driving back from some place in New England where a concert had been given. He is a large man and falls asleep easily. Out of a sound sleep, he awoke to say, Now that things are so simple, theres so much to do. And then he went back to sleep."
"He was extremely nearsighted and wrote his music as if touching the notes with his eyes. Whenever I hear his music I think of its tactile quality, of his eyes hearing the sounds."
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One star off for tiresome 'my use of aleatoric (non-[?]) method is better than yours'. Feldman even berates Beethoven for not quite 'getting it'. Oh, with the caveat being as always, the Late String Quartets. Of course.
Plenty to argue about that I won't belabor this review with. It's sort of thing I would need a three day drinking binge with Morton to settle. I came away from this book thinking that Feldman would be just fine with that.
I absolutely recommend this book. You won't glean much directly regarding the inner workings of his music, process, theory... But it is there in this (self) portrait of a genuinely human and humane artist. Just don't mention Stockhausen...
What a fine mind, and what a great loss to have only one side of Feldman's legendary conversational powers in this book, but, until everyone in the world has sense enough to stop what they're doing and applaud Morton Feldman's brilliance and the END of TIME COMES and Feldman himself descends from on high seated on a golden bar stool, ready to take on all comers, they will have to be content with this written fossil. And of course the music...but that's another story.
This book includes an appreciation of Morty and his work by Frank O'Hara, another person I wish I'd met.
This brilliant artist relates how strongly he was influenced by and thought more like (in some respects) the painters of his day (Primarily from 1950's...) including Rothko, Guston, and many others, as opposed to some of his musical contemporaries. His discussions of his own music and contemporaries such as Cage or Wolf, as well as 'modernists' such as Webern or Stravinsky, never fail to provoke thought, smiles, and wonder. Feldman's take on these artists and his own music and thinking in relation to New York during its artistic renaissance is never inaccessible to someone unfamiliar with music theory or reading music for example. Hs writing is crammed with exciting stories and important reminders presented in a conversational tone that is always lifting.