I will be starting with a weekly musical recommendation. This first Friday I choose to share the magnificent Morton Feldman. There is something absolutely sublime about his music stretching for long periods of time. As uneventful as they may seem, Feldman’s pieces have a clear internal development, if slow. He said,
The most interesting aspect for me, composing exclusively with patterns, is that there is not one organizational procedure more advantageous than another, perhaps because no one pattern ever takes precedence over the others.
I’ve heard more than one saying Morton Feldman is Rothko’s musical counterpart—could be. Instead I sugest another analogy: Morton Feldman is Beckett’s musical equivalent. The apparent uneventfulness in Beckett’s work are akin to the very slow musical processes in Feldman; both works are sparse and extremely lean, not an ornament. Most importantly is their masterful use of silence, be it in language or in music.
This is Morton Feldman’s “For Christian Wolff”. Enjoy.