We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.

Institute of Advanced Study


Human Scale: Morton Feldman (1926-1987) - Triadic Memories (1981) - Concert

22nd November 2016, 19:30 to 20:30, Concert Room, Department of Music, Durham University, Palace Green, Concert Performance by John Snijders (Durham University)

Scale or Form: the music of Morton Feldman

As part of the Institute of Advanced Study’s year on “Scale”, Head of Music Performance John Snijders will provide a rare opportunity to hear one of the great masterpieces of twentieth century piano repertoire. Morton Feldman’s quietly epic composition “Triadic Memories”, written in 1981, has been described by the composer as ‘the biggest butterfly in captivity’. This 90-minute piece moves between quiet and extremely quiet, and transports the listener onto a plane where memory and a sense of time seem to function in different ways. The piece was inspired by Feldman’s preoccupation with the work on the New York Abstract Expressionist painters, in particular Mark Rothko and Philip Guston, but also by his interest in Turkish and Anatolian rugs.

Admission is free.

For further information

Contact for more information about this event.

Download this event in iCalendar format

2017/18 Annual Programme: Structure

In addition to this programme of events please review the comprehensive Events Calendar for all current details. Additional events may be added during the course of the year.

Contact: if you have any questions


- International Energy Systems Integration - 2 day workshop on 22 and 23 March (Hogan Lovells theatre, Durham Law School).