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Ictus

IctusJean-Luc Fafchamps piano – Gerrit Nulens drums – Michael Schmid flute

For Philip Guston Morton Feldman

Ictus

Gerrit Nulens drums

For Philip Guston Morton Feldman

Ictus

IctusJean-Luc Fafchamps piano – Gerrit Nulens drums

For Philip Guston Morton Feldman

Ictus

IctusJean-Luc Fafchamps piano – Gerrit Nulens drums – Michael Schmid flute

For Philip Guston Morton Feldman


Inspired by the time-stretching experiments of the "downtown" New York composers (Terry Riley and La Monte Young), Morton Feldman wrote For Philip Guston in 1984. This abnormally long work for flute, resonant percussion, and piano lasts for over four hours! The members of the audience will be invited to seat themselves in deckchairs and to drink cup after cup of green tea as they let themselves be mesmerised by one of the purest geniuses of American music.

It was reported that the French artist Marcel Duchamp, after hearing For Philip Guston in New York, exclaimed: "At long last, a harmonist!" Sublime but impossible to analyse, Morton Feldman's harmonies are honed by ear, note by note, and demand extremely concentrated playing, verging on silence. This creates a strange, mellow light that is both fascinating and disorienting, with floating rhythms and phrases that lead nowhere. There is constant repetition, but never in the same place, with the memory being gently disconcerted. To Western music's imperious will, Feldman opposed what he called "a silent protest".