Morton Feldman

#37461 Morton Feldman

Most music is metaphor, but Wolff is not. I am not metaphor either. Parable, maybe. Cage is sermon. .

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#37462 Morton Feldman

Music can imply the infinite if enough things depart from the norm far enough. Strange "abnormal" events can lead to the feeling that anything can happen, and you have a music with no boundaries. .

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#37463 Morton Feldman

The composer makes plans, music laughs. .

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#37464 Morton Feldman

After all, Jews invented psychiatry to help other Jews become Gentiles. .

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#37465 Morton Feldman

It appears to me that the subject of music, from Machaut to Boulez, has always been its construction. Melodies of 12-tone rows just don't happen. They must be constructed....To demonstrate any formal idea in music, whether structure or stricture, is a matter of construction, in which the methodology is the controlling metaphor of the composition...Only by 'unfixing' the elements traditionally used to construct a piece of music could the sounds exist in themselves--not as symbols, or memories which were memories of other music to begin with. .

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#37466 Morton Feldman

...The tragedy of music is that it begins with perfection. .

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#37467 Morton Feldman

To understand what music has to be, you have to live for music. Who's ready to do that? .

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#37468 Morton Feldman

To me, I took a militant attitude towards sounds. I wanted sounds to be a metaphor, that they could be as free as a human being might be free. That was my idea about sound. It still is, that they should breathe ... not to be used for the vested interest of an idea. I feel that music should have no vested interests, that you shouldn't know how it's made, that you shouldn't know if there's a system, that you shouldn't know anything about it ... except that it's some kind of life force that to some degree really changes your life ... if you're into it. .

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#37469 Morton Feldman

For years I said if I could only find a comfortable chair I would rival Mozart. .

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#37470 Morton Feldman

My teacher Stefan Wolpe was a Marxist and he felt my music was too esoteric at the time. And he had his studio on a proletarian street, on Fourteenth Street and Sixth Avenue. . . . He was on the second floor and we were looking out the window, and he said, "What about the man on the street?" At that moment . . . Jackson Pollock was crossing the street. .

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#37471 Morton Feldman

Do we have anything in music for example that really wipes everything out? That just cleans everything away? .

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#138782 Morton Feldman

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. .

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#138783 Morton Feldman

I never feel that my music is sparse or minimalist; the way fat people never really think they're fat. I certainly don't consider myself minimalist at all. .

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#138784 Morton Feldman

Any professional knows that the flute and the piano is a boring combination. All you've got to arrive at is a kind of typical gestural crap, right? You might agree, though you wouldn't call it gestural crap. .

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#138785 Morton Feldman

For me it's the instrument. If I want to think of a flute and the state of the arts I hear a vibrato; I don't know what a flute is unless the person plays it for me. .

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#138786 Morton Feldman

I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous country. .

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#138787 Morton Feldman

Since music has never had a Rembrandt, we have remained nothing more than musicians. .

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#138788 Morton Feldman

If you think you might have secret information listening to me, you're lost. .

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#138789 Morton Feldman

I was once married to a woman who could eat anything and tell you what was in it: the most complicated recipes. Her memory of taste - now that's what I call memory! .

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#138790 Morton Feldman

I've been living with the minor second all my life and I finally found a way to handle it. .

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#138791 Morton Feldman

Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures. .

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#138792 Morton Feldman

No one has the Houdini school of composition. .

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