Morton Feldman – Piano And String Quartet (1985)

piano and string qt

I was up before dawn listening to Morton Feldman – Piano And String Quartet by the Kronos Qt when I noticed a message on my machine. I’ll always associate that piece with the death of Frank Zappa. RIP.

Hard to believe this album came out 20 years ago. Cool video by somebody.

They say:

Aki Takahashi (piano) & Kronos Quartet (strings) Elektra Nonesuch 79320-2 (1993)

Kronos Quartet
David Harrington – violin
John Sheba – violin
Hank Dutt – viola
Joan Jeanrenaud – cello

“Written two years before his death in 1987, Morton Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet is a shimmering, pristine musical event. Contrasting Aki Takahashi’s widely-spaced piano arpeggios with Kronos Quartet’s extended chords, Feldman allows lingering sounds from either the piano or the strings to haze over many of the piece’s near-silences. Kronos plays their parts with tremulous fragility, often making pointedly clear the viola’s musical valley between the leading violins and the trailing cello. By the time Feldman composed this piece, he was deeply committed to extended works–chamber pieces that could telescope motifs and worry their tonality so that it warbled between hauntingly atonal and familiarly tonal singing. This is a powerful, evening piece, one that can set an extravagantly crystalline musical mood. –Andrew Bartlett”

My girlfriend and i (we made the video together) started with 6 pieces of film. Each of about 7 seconds long. The films were made in an empty room of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. You see a wall, the ceiling and a corner, filmed from diffrent angles.

From each original we made a “slower” version of about 14 to 15 seconds. Change (via random.org) then decided the sequence of the segments and if a “fast” or “slow” version of the segment was used.
When the film was completed we made a copy and from this copy seconds were removed at random places. From this film we took a rectangle which was then placed in the original film. This process was repeated a few times.



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