Morton Feldman
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"Morton Feldman" was an American composer, born in New York City.

A major figure in 20th-century music, Feldman was a pioneer of indeterminate music, a development associated with the experimental New York School (art)/New York School of composers also including John Cage, Christian Wolff (composer)/Christian Wolff, and Earle Brown. Feldman's works are characterized by notational innovations that he developed to create his characteristic sound: rhythms that seem to be free and floating; pitch shadings that seem softly unfocused; a generally quiet and slowly evolving music; recurring asymmetric patterns. His later works, after 1977, also begin to explore extremes of duration.

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This business about being flung out of paradise is his gift to me. I'm glad I got out; it was getting too hot in there.

No one has the Houdini school of composition.

Since music has never had a Rembrandt, we have remained nothing more than musicians.

Just what the hell is the experimental tradition?

I'm not suspicious, I'm just careful.

I was once married to a woman who could eat anything and tell you what was in it: the most complicated recipes. Her memory of taste - now that's what I call memory!

I've been living with the minor second all my life and I finally found a way to handle it.

Compositionally I always wanted to be like Fred Astaire.

Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures.