Morton Feldman - Violin & String Quartet

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    Violin and String Quartet, for violin & string quartet (1985)
    Peter Rundel, violin
    Pellegrini-Quartett
    Morton Feldman's large scale work simply entitled Violin and String Quartet commences with the violin soloist contemplating the minor seventh interval A to G over and over again, in no predictable rhythmic configuration, while confronted by soft, dissonant chord clouds from the other musicians. The clouds quietly disintegrate as the entrances become more staggered. Ten minutes or so into the piece, Feldman refines the opening gestures, expanding the interval leaps, and voicing chord clusters in numerous configurations. At the 22-minute mark, Feldman arrives back where he started, but in a parallel universe, so to speak, with the aforementioned minor seventh transformed into a major ninth (G to A), the chord clouds fuller of body, and increased rhythmic momentum. Before you've noticed, the harmonic motion has grown more protracted when the time comes to switch discs. Continue listening, and you'll arrive at a soothing, yet somewhat darker lower-register variation on the opening material at the 13-minute mark (remember, we're on disc two). There's a poignant stretch of music between 26 and 31 minutes where the slowly reiterated chords take on a lush harmonic character, giving way to a section made up of staggered major ninths moving in opposite directions. Faster moving sustained chords ensue, but now coloured by discreetly placed pizzicatos, the first plucked notes we've heard in this piece. Soon all the instruments stack up the aforementioned minor ninth, sometimes in canon, sometimes together, all to intense, claustrophobic effect. An oasis in the form of a steady procession of short-breathed sustained chords lies ahead. On paper this music looks simple to play, even sight-read, yet to control the composer's pinpointed dynamics, rhythms, and articulations is easier said than done, let alone holding a listener's attention for nearly two hours. --Jed Distler
    Two hours of sighs, whispers, murmurs, and tremolos from a string quartet etherealized further by a solo violin floating above. That's what you get with this epic anti-epic from 1985 by Morton Feldman. Feldman's admirers regard him as the most significant composer of our time. It's a hard case to make for something so minimal; this piece in particular seems less like music than music's ghost -- a pure essence that denies anything remotely substantial or corporeal. 'Let's get out of here before it starts to develop,' Debussy once said to a friend following the exposition in the opening of a Beethoven symphony; Feldman's music is the ultimate manifestation of that stance. Unlike Webern, who sometimes did develop his tiny cells, if only for a moment, Feldman creates the smallest musical materials imaginable, only to have them slowly vanish. Still, Feldman is a distinct, instantly recognizable voice (or anti-voice) -- something that cannot be said for many recent composers. Feldman may not be the greatest composer of our time, as his cultish advocates assert, but he may well be the greatest for insomniacs. This mysterious, wispy stuff is very close to a pure dream state, perhaps the best 3 AM music ever. --Jack Sullivan
    Art by Sol LeWitt

A.M. Armstrong
A.M. Armstrong

Tough but calming.Never background, it demands mental foreground then takes the mind elsewhere. Fantastic!

Vor Monat
Harrison K
Harrison K

This in the background makes peaceful music to sleep and study to

Vor 4 Monate
plutonista
plutonista

reading THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER while listening this, huge moment. outside is raining, i can hear the drops on the roof.

Vor 10 Monate
Hector Cavallaro
Hector Cavallaro

around 39:00 one does feel like grasping the sublime

Vor year
Harrison K
Harrison K

Yeah sounds like a Japanese shō instrument

Vor 4 Monate
OnceTheyNamedMEiWasn't
OnceTheyNamedMEiWasn't

I gave up my job, my marriage, and all my daily routines to listen to this piece back-to-back for 3 years. I didn't achieve anything during those 3 years on an wordly level, but I felt fantastic.

Vor year
C. Foster
C. Foster

cool-- I'm only two minutes in, but I have definitely decided to change my life

Vor 3 Monate
Jason Noghani
Jason Noghani

Sublime!

Vor year
OnceTheyNamedMEiWasn't
OnceTheyNamedMEiWasn't

I'm scared of this piece, even when I'm not listening to it. And I love being scared. But I don't like not listening to it.

Vor year
Sasha king crimson
Sasha king crimson

💿💿💿💿

Vor year
paul lanthier
paul lanthier

that quick reexposition at the final seconds is magic! Master of minimalist complex music.

Vor year
Pleamar Pleamar
Pleamar Pleamar

MASTERPIECE

Vor 2 years
A. M.
A. M.

36:41

Vor 2 years
paul lanthier
paul lanthier

This picture you put is really convenient for the piece: a organised mess of lines everywhere somehow intersecting each others ^^

Vor 3 years
Philippe Cirse
Philippe Cirse

J'aimerai que l'écriture écrase les dernières incertitudes dans le cendrier de la confiance ranimée comme des braises, des amoureux des mots, mais hélas, rien n'est moins sûr..... Le pouvoir d'évocation de cette musique m'inspire cela au plus profond ! Par ailleurs, c'est souvent aussi beau comme la rencontre mortifère d'une cuillère à dessert imbibée de chocolat et d'une bouteille plastifiée sans bouchon de protection, sur le rebord d'une lande dévastée et couverte d’ivraies à la suite d'une succession d'intempéries engendrées par une dépression venant du nord de l'Europe

Vor 3 years
Glenn Russell
Glenn Russell

Magnificent music. I've listened to this piece many times while reading or meditation. To my ear, the deeper sound is a close cousin to either a bassoon or french horn. Even if this unique composition ran for five hours, I would not tire of listening.

Vor 3 years
emilianoturazzi
emilianoturazzi

there's a five hours long string quartet in his catalogue.

Vor year
PRC KREV Official Channel
PRC KREV Official Channel

Feldman's music is so subtle and delicate. One of the most incredible creators of the last century! Thank you for sharing.

Vor 3 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

My pleasure.

Vor 3 years
Alex Schaffer
Alex Schaffer

fun to listen to this performance at the same time as this which is the same length: https://youtu.be/NEOvGhV0KOo

Vor 4 years
Charles Rivera
Charles Rivera

38:00

Vor 4 years
Walter Mollo
Walter Mollo

Che noia!!!

Vor 4 years
Walter Mollo
Walter Mollo

Anzi che stranoia!!!!!!!

Vor 4 years
Joe Rhodes
Joe Rhodes

Feldman's String Quartet #2 is over six hours long.😁

Vor 4 years
michele beart
michele beart

*********

Vor 4 years
Alastair Hale
Alastair Hale

If I ever run a bar, we'll have Morton Feldman nights, where all the lights are turned down low and the only music is this played over the speakers really quietly.

Vor 4 years
C. Foster
C. Foster

I wish more people would open bars! It might drive down prices in the drink market.

Vor 3 Monate
emilianoturazzi
emilianoturazzi

with peolpe talking and drinkin'? I think he wouldn't appreciate that...

Vor year
Viv Harz 2000
Viv Harz 2000

Same thouhgt!

Vor 2 years
Sevish
Sevish

This is my first time checking out Feldman's work, and the first piece I've listened to. Not disappointed in the slightest. Exquisite textures is exactly what I need right now.

Vor 4 years
EmptyKingdoms
EmptyKingdoms

Oh, you here, Sevish? My first piece of his too and loving it all the same.

Vor 4 years
Sevish
Sevish

Oh wow hey man. My comments do get around.

Vor 4 years
yung wenli
yung wenli

Love your music m8. Funny seeing you here.

Vor 4 years
Janet Craft
Janet Craft

This music makes you think.

Vor 5 years
Janet Craft
Janet Craft

Both ... I think.

Vor 5 years
1enzeder
1enzeder

+Janet Craft - or let's you think... I'm not sure which?

Vor 5 years
CERI MCCOY
CERI MCCOY

Hair of the dogma

Vor 5 years
Irina Nenartovich
Irina Nenartovich

I adore Feldman. This is very Jewish sound.

Vor 5 years
Stuart Segan
Stuart Segan

it's a Jewish sound, proud not defiant, true to its cause and it's not trying to be anything its not

Vor year
Yotum Almor
Yotum Almor

Sorry, just saw this. Can you expand?

Vor 4 years
Birdie Bowie
Birdie Bowie

This is unbelievable

Vor 5 years
Rory Quirk
Rory Quirk

Hey - so I just purchased the recording from iTunes, and the order of the 4 'parts' appears to be different to this YouTube version (same group recording it, though)... did Feldman have a particular order in mind? I like this YouTube version, so I've rearranged my playlist order to match, but interesting to see if there is supposed to be a set order...

Vor 5 years
Rory Quirk
Rory Quirk

So many ways to enjoy evacuating bowels - why not to the luxurious textures of Mr. F’s extraordinary tapestries?

Vor 3 Monate
Hans Michaud
Hans Michaud

As with most other pieces I've heard from Mr. Feldman, this is transcendent. Words don't do justice (which I guess is why music is non-verbal...)

Vor 5 years
zachsplep
zachsplep

Dick Clark : "And why do you like this song?"Teenager : "I like the beat!" :)

Vor 5 years
Richard Oberscheven
Richard Oberscheven

heyy people. someone knows the artist of the picture? inspiring-> music and the picture

Vor 5 years
Richard Oberscheven
Richard Oberscheven

+pelodelperro thank u!!

Vor 5 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

+lilsaintrico93 Sol LeWitt.

Vor 5 years
Javi Morcillo Lanberri
Javi Morcillo Lanberri

Compañera ideal de tu propia respiración,esta música ayuda al que busca mejorar la concentración.Los sonidos te acarician y te susurran en la noche...

Vor 5 years
Charles1992
Charles1992

This piece is so perfect for meditation and relaxation. I love it.

Vor 6 years
beeboobop
beeboobop

Sounds like "Neither", his opera.

Vor 6 years
beeboobop
beeboobop

@pelodelperro That's where I found Neither actually. Recently, I've been listening to the Schoenberg string quartets you uploaded. You're welcome and thank you for the uploads. Much appreciated. 

Vor 6 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

@Fretless_ness There are similarities, indeed. You can find Neither on my channel. Thanks for commenting.

Vor 6 years
Steven Jouanny
Steven Jouanny

I don't think Jack Sullivan gets Feldman.

Vor 6 years
Mike
Mike

lol, not even a little

Vor 4 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

+s nevetsjy True.

Vor 5 years
WarpTV Section42
WarpTV Section42

This is musical therapy for me. I need a daily dose of minimalism and avant garde for cerebral relaxation and inspiration.

Vor 6 years
gnikcohs
gnikcohs

It does not matter how long a Feldman piece is, if you have 1, 2, or 4 hours of time available while you read or write or whatever else, you can listen to Feldman with the greatest pleasure.  For me the length is usually a plus.

Vor 6 years
I'm in a Sams car
I'm in a Sams car

@RockdaleGaming i was just doing the same! enough writing more zen cleaning

Vor 11 Monate
RockdaleGaming
RockdaleGaming

I clean house listening to this stuff - lol. Beautiful music.

Vor 2 years
J Walters
J Walters

this channel is the hunting grounds for all things good and avant garde on youtube.  Thank you!

Vor 6 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

@Welsh River I'm not too fond of the "avant-garde" label, but I see what you mean. Hope you keep visiting. 

Vor 6 years
J Walters
J Walters

thank you so much, the world of avant-garde music can evoke a sorta pretentious feeling to it, but your channel makes it easy to navigate and appreciate this beautiful music that must be shared.  Also nice taste in art!

Vor 6 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

@Welsh River Thank you for your kind comment! Check my subscriptions: there are some similar and interesting channels. Cheers!

Vor 6 years
H.C.S. Botch
H.C.S. Botch

Very grateful for 2 hours. Beautiful works typically don't last as long. 

Vor 6 years
ADRIANLOWREY
ADRIANLOWREY

Thanks for upload. Amazing stuff!!. Who is that artwork by?

Vor 6 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

Sol LeWitt.

Vor 6 years
pedro a. cantero
pedro a. cantero

Cristal de ausencias al igual que aquella historia de Turguéniev que contara en "Espectros", de la cuerda que sonó en la habitación y al alzar la cabeza el durmiente vio la luz blanca de la luna como la tiza tenderse en el piso. Dicha escena me viene a la memoria escuchando esta pieza de Feldman y con ella lo que Cage dijera a propósito de la música de Morton: « Feldman recaba para que la acción se inscriba en la dimensión del amor, lo que provoca – para no hablar más que de los efectos extremos – algo de voluptuoso en el sonido o una atmósfera de recogimiento ». Absortos en una traza olvidada en el espacio, sin tiempo. Nostalgia de absoluto.

Vor 6 years
Marcelo Toledo
Marcelo Toledo

Iluminada conexión de imágenes Pedro.

Vor 2 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

Gracias por comentar!

Vor 6 years
MuseDuCafe
MuseDuCafe

Another amazing and beautiful Morton Feldman work. I know of and have a different recording, but: this one is far superior. Now I know I will be getting this performance -- thank you for this upload!

Vor 6 years
pedro a. cantero
pedro a. cantero

@pelodelperro Gracias siempre a ti, pelodeperro, por el buen gusto de cuánto eliges

Vor 6 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

You're welcome. Thanks for commenting!

Vor 6 years
Billy Zé
Billy Zé

esta música tiene el carácter de la paz pura y hermosura verdadera . . . es tan real . . . muchas gracias y saludos desde Tokio.

Vor 7 years
Billy Zé
Billy Zé

@pelodelperro de nada, gracias para todo de su ánimo. arigatou gozaimasu (muchas gracias).

Vor 6 years
pelodelperro
pelodelperro

Con gusto. Gracias por el comentario. Saludos desde Colombia.

Vor 6 years
Harrison Kuettel
Harrison Kuettel

This is really good and I like the sounds, but I just don't have that kind of patience. I'm not used to such repetition and it's a bit jarring and frustrating to listen to, but still very interesting.

Vor 7 years
paul lanthier
paul lanthier

You can take a book and transcribe harmonies xD some are fucking weird and awesome!

Vor 3 years
emilianoturazzi
emilianoturazzi

+Harrison Kuettel it needed to be heard live...

Vor 5 years
Memory_Man
Memory_Man

+giovanni colpani Music as wallpaper? I think Feldman would be totally insulted by that.

Vor 5 years
Irina Nenartovich
Irina Nenartovich

@giovanni colpani it is absolutely true!

Vor 6 years
giovanni colpani
giovanni colpani

this is not- i think- music to listen. it is rather a place where you can be. a space in time where your rhythms are re-adjusted. an experience, a travel, an investigation on our sense of time: the eternal in the instant. try to hear it while doing other things. it will give a sense of continuity and unity and importance to your actions.

Vor 7 years

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