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Jean-Luc Fafchamps

Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories

(Sub Rosa; US: 1 Mar 2011; UK: 21 Feb 2011)

Solo avant-garde piano

First, the details about the recording. Pianist Jean-Luc Fafchamps originally recorded American avant-garde composer Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories back in 1991. Years later, he discovered he had based his recording on a defective edition of the score. So then he decided to re-record the solo piano work, this time according to the corrected manuscript. The almost 74-minute work moves at a slow but exacting tempo. The music flows and stops, repeats and tends to dissipate into lingering echoes. The overall effect is somewhat chilling, but not in a scary way. It’s sort of like being in a bare room where the walls are all painted white. One tends to perceive things that may be there or may be the product of one’s own imagination. That’s the beauty of listening to a work like this. One’s participation in the aesthetic process is a necessary component to the completion of the composition.

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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on "Rock and Roll in America". He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman's neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


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