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Morton Feldman

Morton FeldmanBorn: 12-Jan-1926
Birthplace: Queens, NY
Died: 3-Sep-1987
Location of death: Buffalo, NY
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Coptic Light

Composer of very long pieces, to be played "as soft as possible", to which end he created his own systems of notation. A close associate of John Cage, they met in 1950 at an Anton Webern concert, where they were among the only people not hissing.


[1] Alex Ross, quoting Feldman's own writings, "American Sublime: Morton Feldman's Mysterious Musical Landscapes", The New Yorker, 19 June 2006.

Wife: Barbara Monk (composer, m. Jun-1987)

    Administrator: Dean, New York Studio School (1969-73)
    Professor:
Edgard Varèse Professor, Music, State University of New York at Buffalo (1973-87)

    Risk Factors: Smoking

Author of books:
Give My Regards to Eighth Street: Collected Writings of Morton Feldman (2000, anthology, ed. B.H. Friedman, afterword by Frank O'Hara)
Morton Feldman Essays (1985, essays, ed. Walter Zimmermann)
Morton Feldman Says: Selected Interviews and Lectures 1964-1987 (2006, lectures, ed. Chris Villars)



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