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Morton Feldman's "Triadic Memories"

 09 November 2012 at 7:00pm - c. 9:30pm 

Morton Feldman's "Triadic Memories"

Holywell Music Room, Oxford
Holywell Street, Oxford
United Kingdom

Luke Berryman

"Triadic Memories" is a vast single-movement work lasting approximately two hours. Like other compositions of Morton Feldman's final years, it's closely related to the aesthetics of Mark Rothko's paintings, and is characterised by stasis and extremely quiet dynamics. The unusual title refers partly to an attempt to evoke memory itself: listening to this piece is like flicking through an old photograph album. Its delicate, slowly-shifting harmonies reach toward something that was once definite, but is now lost in time. It was perhaps this fragility that led the composer to aptly describe the piece as "the largest butterfly in captivity".

"Triadic Memories" has only been performed a handful of times across the world, and the 25th anniversary of Feldman's death falls this year. All in all, this concert promises to be a special occasion.

Rob Keeley : Ballade
Karlheinz Stockhausen : Klavierstück IX
Morton Feldman : Triadic Memories

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