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Triadic Memories is a vast single-movement work lasting approximately two hours. Like other works of the composer'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 Feldman's attempt to evoke memory itself: listening to this piece is like flicking through an old photograph album. Its delicate, slowly-shifting harmonies reach toward an experience lost in time. It was perhaps this fragility that led the composer to describe the piece as 'the largest butterfly in captivity'.
Triadic Memories has only been performed a handful of times across the world, and the programme also features Karlheinz Stockhausen's evergreen Klavierstück IX.