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Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected…

Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman (edition 2001)

by Morton Feldman

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Afterword by Frank O'Hara Morton Feldman (1926-1987) is among the most influential American composers of the 20th Century. While his music is known for its exteme quiet and delicate beauty, Feldman himself was famously large and loud. His writings are both funny and illuminating, not only about his own music but about the entire New York School of painters, poets and composers that coalesced in the 1950s, including his friends Jackson Pollack, Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank O Hara, and John Cage.… (more)
Title:Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman
Authors:Morton Feldman
Info:Exact Change (2001), Paperback
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Great read and essential for understanding modern art and modern music.
Some of these pieces are difficult but will repay attention. ( )
  annbury | Jun 8, 2014 |
There's a widely-quoted anecdote near the start of this book where Morton Feldman shows John Cage a string quartet he has written. Cage looked at it a long time and then said, "How did you make this?" In a very weak voice Feldman answers, "I don't know how I made it." Cage is excited and delighted by this response. I confess I haven't read all the essays in this book, but have put them aside. After reading a third or a half, I came to the conclusion that Feldman really didn't know how he made his compositions, and I felt some sympathy for his old teacher who replied to his explanations with "Morton, I don't understand a word you're saying." That's not to say his essays are uninteresting, but they are frequently opaque and their relation to either his music or to familiar (to me) cultural reference points is often oblique. I shall marinate myself in more of his music and then see if I feel moved to dip into more of the essays. ( )
  djalchemi | Feb 19, 2013 |
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