Morton Feldman Lectures

Lezingen van Bunita Marcus, componiste en Feldman’s Muze, die zeker de moeite waard zijn om te volgen via het aangegeven internet-TV-kanaal. Hoewel Feldman zelf als docent aan Buffalo University en bij masterclasses veelvuldig optrad als zeer erudiet en geestig spreker, liet hij toch betrekkelijk weinig los over zijn eigen componeren. Bunita Marcus geeft nu dus “inside information” over een van de groten van de 20e eeuwse muziek !

Hello, Friends and Colleagues,

I am doing two lectures on Feldman’s Notation and Compositional Process here in NYC this coming January 16th and 23rd at 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
These lectures will also be available via for people outside of NYC.

These lectures are unique audio/visual powerpoint presentations. The first lecture is on the influence of Rugs and the Visual Arts on his Composition and Orchestration. The second lecture is a closer look at his Rubato Notation and his Compositional Process, examining the vellums and manuscripts. I will also discuss the ramifications of this type of notation for the future of contemporary music.  I have been lecturing on this subject for 24 years, but unfortunately very few people understand how Feldman went about putting a composition together. I have not published this information anywhere in this much detail.   If you are at all interested in Feldman’s compositional process and how he notated his music,  this will be an essential introduction.  As most of you know, Morton and I composed together for over seven years–a crucial seven years–where he solidified his notation and compositional process in the late works.

I will be demystifying Feldman to the degree that one can do so.
I hope to see you there!

Bunita Marcus
Ph. D. Music Composition


If you have composition students please let them know about these lectures.
There is plenty to learn here, especially about composition and notation.

You can buy tickets (discounts for students and seniors) here:


1-3 pm, Jan. 16th and 23rd, 2011 in Tribeca, NYC

Piano Magic, 78 Reade Street #5E (corner of Church), 10007
(This is a four flight walk-up on Sundays)
1, 2, 3, A, C at Chambers St.; 4, 5, 6, R at City Hall

Piano Magic: 212-732-8828
Bunita 347-715-6518

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2 Responses to “Morton Feldman Lectures”

  1. Marianne de Feijter zegt:

    … en als voorbereiding naar PROMSconcert in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ op 13 januari 20.15 uur (Donderdagavondserie): Asko|Schönberg & Nederlands Kamerkoor, spelen Rothko Chapel van Feldman, bij de inleiding om 19.15 uur spelen studenten van de György Ligeti Academy ook werk van Feldman…

  2. Dee H. Clark zegt:

    .Heres an update on my earlier post ..I am doing two lectures on Feldmans Notation and Compositional .Process here in NYC this coming January 9th and 16th.