Alistair Noble's Composing Ambiguity: The Early Music of Morton Feldman PDF

By Alistair Noble

ISBN-10: 1138270539

ISBN-13: 9781138270534

ISBN-10: 140945164X

ISBN-13: 9781409451648

American composer Morton Feldman is more and more noticeable to were one of many key figures in late-twentieth-century song, along with his paintings exerting a strong effect into the twenty-first century. while, a lot approximately his song is still enigmatic, mostly because of long-standing myths approximately supposedly intuitive or aleatoric operating practices.

In Composing Ambiguity, Alistair Noble unearths key facets of Feldman's musical language because it built in the course of a vital interval within the early Nineteen Fifties. Drawing types from basic assets, together with Feldman's musical sketches, he indicates that Feldman labored intentionally inside a two-dimensional body, permitting a spotlight upon the elemental fabrics of sounding pitch in time. past this, Feldman's paintings is printed to be basically serious about the 12-tone chromatic box, and with the delineation of complexes of straightforward proportions in 'crystalline' forms.

Through shut analyzing of numerous vital works from the early Nineteen Fifties, Noble exhibits that there's a awesome consistency of compositional process, regardless of the numerous experimental notations utilized by Feldman at the moment. not just are there direct kinfolk to be came upon among staff-notated works and grid ratings, yet a lot of the language built through Feldman during this interval used to be nonetheless in use even in his overdue works of the 1980s.

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