morton feldman

For Bunita Marcus


CD jewel case


Bunita Marcus is our 4th Feldman's record.

Performed by Stephane Ginsburgh on a Bösendorfer 225, during a sunny day.

Morton Feldman was born in New York on January 12, 1926. In 1949 the most significant meeting up to that time took place - Feldman met John Cage, commencing an artistic association of crucial importance to music in America in the 1950s. Cage was instrumental in encouraging Feldman to have confidence in his instincts, which resulted in totally intuitive compositions. He never worked with any systems that anyone has been able to identify, working from moment to moment, from one sound to the next. His friends during the 1950s in New York included the composers Earle Brown and Christian Wolff; painters Mark Rothko, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock and Robert Rauschenberg; and pianist David Tudor. He is today considered as one of the most important composers of the century.

"My past experience was not to 'meddle' with the material, but use my concentration as a guide to what might transpire. I mentioned this to Stockhausen once when he had asked me what my secret was. 'I don't push the sounds around.' Stockhausen mulled this over, and asked: 'Not even a little bit ?' (Morton Feldman)

"Morton Feldman's own words are as valuable for the composer as they are for the performer. His music slowly draws you towards silence by a process of atomization or repetition -- as do some of Beethoven's or Schubert's late compositions. You realize therefore how useless it is to try to act, to push his music against its own will. You will experience something about interpretation: question the music and then use your concentration. Playing or listening to Morton Feldman leads you to very unique moments, like those you feel when you look at a starry Summer sky, unable to measure its dimensions because this is beyond your understanding. A sense of infinity within a finite space." (Stephane Ginsburgh)




01 For Bunita Marcus (1985) 71:12