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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

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.

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