Last year’s new year’s resolution, or Is Music Art?

Saturday 12 January 2008

Someone reminded me that it’s Morton Feldman’s birthday today, so here’s a little bit from a talk he gave in San Francisco in 1986, ruminating on whether or not music is really an art form. (5’58″, 2.5 MB, mp3)
  1. Appropriately long, appropriately aleatory, and fascinating. I wonder if anyone else noticed that he seems to have a bit of an obsession with the fugal form. The end of the interview is strange and poignant: his last comment makes reference to cancer, and I don't think the audience knew that he was at that time suffering from pancreatic cancer. He died the following year.