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Feldman: For Philip Guston / Breuer, Engler, Schrammel

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>Feldman, Morton : For Philip Guston
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Wergo is proud to present Morton Feldman's four-hour-long trio 'For Philip Guston' performed by the ensemble Breuer-Engler-Schrammel. Feldman disagreed with those who regarded his works since the 1970s as being too long. "In music, it's very difficult to distinguish between a thing's proportions and its form," he wrote. "My pieces aren't too long - they seem to fit the temporal landscape I provide. Would you say that 'The Odyssey' is too long?" Feldman wrote this gossamer work in memory of his best friend for more than 20 years, the Canadian-born painter Philip Guston (1913-1980). The initial motive, C-G-A-fl at-E-fl at, refers to John Cage who had introduced the two men to each other in 1950, and the sound world evokes the methods used by Guston and other abstract expressionists in their art.


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>Feldman, Morton : For Philip Guston
  • Performers: Julia Breuer (Flute); Julia Breuer (Piccolo); Matthias Engler (Glockenspiel); Matthias Engler (Marimba); Matthias Engler (Tubular Bells); Matthias Engler (Vibraphone); Elmar Schrammel (Piano); Elmar Schrammel (Prepared Piano)
  • Notes: ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (04/29/2007-05/03/2007)
  • Running Time: 68 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984