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Finding Aid for the Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings, circa 1966-1993

Mus. Arc. 2.2

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library


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Finding aid prepared by John Bewley.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by John Bewley, February 2013.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using DACS ( Describing Archives: A Content Standard ).

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Collection Overview

Title: Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings, circa 1966-1993
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 2.2
Creator: Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987
Extent: 6 boxes ( 87 audio recordings (52 reel to reel tapes, 35 cassettes) (97 compact discs)) (5 linear feet)
Material specifications: The contents were digitally reformatted. The preservation files were created as WAV files at 96kHZ/24bit resolution. The service copies exist as CD audio files and as WAV files at 44kHZ/24bit resolution.
Language of Material: Some spoken word content in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: The Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings contains 52 reel to reel tapes and 35 cassette recordings, including performances of 38 compositions by Morton Feldman. The collection also includes some events, including the conversations between John Cage and Feldman recorded in 1966 as Radio Happenings I and II, the memorial service for Feldman at St. Mark's Church in New York City, a tribute radio program broadcast by WNYC 7 November 1987 in New York City, and an interview of Jan Williams by Sebastian Claren about Feldman. Other composers represented by recordings include Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Barbara Monk Feldman, and Bunita Marcus.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings, circa 1966-1993, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Barbara Monk Feldman.

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

Alternate Forms

The original recordings were made on reel-to-reel tapes and cassettes. The contents were digitized in 2013 onto a hard drive with service copies on CDs. Preservation wav files that match the original reel faces are named with roots that match the tape numbering. For example preservation files for the first tape are named ubmu0002_2_01.wav. The CD audio tracks match the contents of the original sources, one track per musical work. Wav files were created from the CD audio and are named using the work numbers listed in the container list with the addition of the suffix "sc" for service copy. Preservation and service audio files are stored in the Institutional Repository.

Processing Information

Processed by John Bewley, 2013.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Biographical Note

Composer Morton Feldman (1926-1987) was best known for his association with the New York School of experimentalist musicians, including composers John Cage, Christian Wolff, and Earle Brown, and pianist David Tudor. In addition to composing approximately 150 works, Feldman also wrote more than three dozen articles about various aspects of music and art.

Feldman was a member of the music department faculty at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1972-1987. During those years he served as Slee Professor of Music 1972-1973, Edgar Varèse Professor 1975-1987, and Director of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, 1976-1980. He was also responsible for creating the June in Buffalo festival of contemporary music in 1975.


Scope and Content Note

The Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings contains 52 reel to reel tapes and 35 cassette recordings that were in Feldman's personal collection. They contain performances of 38 compositions by Morton Feldman. Most of the recordings have never been issued commercially. The collection also includes some events, including the conversations between John Cage and Feldman recorded in 1966 as Radio Happenings I and II, the memorial service for Feldman at St. Mark's Church in New York City, a tribute radio program broadcast by WNYC 7 November 1987 in New York City, and an interview of Jan Williams by Sebastian Claren about Feldman. Other composers represented by recordings include Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, John Cage, Barbara Monk Feldman, and Bunita Marcus.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:

I. Reel to reel tapes
II. Cassette tapes

Container List

I.A    Reel to reel tapes of compositions by Morton Feldman, circa 1965-1981
Tape 1-40
Arranged alphabetically by the title of the first Feldman work on the tape.
Box Item Contents
01 01
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings, Tape 1, 25 January 1974
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; tail out
Location of performance: Boston (Mass.)
Second of two tapes containing the entire concert. First tape is Tape 50, containing works by Boulez, Stravinsky, and Knussen.
Includes spoken word introductions to each work by announcer William Pierce and conductor Tilson Thomas.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_01_01
Feldman, Morton
Cello and orchestra
Performers: Jules Eskin, cello; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Duration: 24:50

Work number: ubmu0002_2_01_02
Reich, Steve
Music for mallet instruments, voices, and organ
Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas, organ and conductor; Joan Heller, Pamela Fraley, Patricia Miller, voices
Duration: 21:15

01 02
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings, Tape 2, 2 August 1967
1 5 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; mono ; tail out
Location of performances: Unknown
Container marked "New version"

Work number: ubmu0002_2_02_01
Feldman, Morton
Chorus and instruments, no. 1
Performers: Unidentified
Duration: 5:17

Work number: ubmu0002_2_02_02
Feldman, Morton
Christian Wolff in Cambridge
Performers: Unidentified
Duration: 3:52

01 03
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings, Tape 3, undated
1 10 inch reel
7 ½ ips
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown
Divided into two files.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_03_01
Feldman, Morton
Crippled symmetry
Duration: 89:27

01 04
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 4, undated
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo
Location of performance: Unknown
Performers: Unidentified

Work number: ubmu0002_2_04_01
Feldman, Morton
Elemental procedures
Duration: 18:55

01 05
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 5, undated
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; 2 track stereo ; tail out
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_05_01
Feldman, Morton
False relationships and the extended ending
Duration: 18:21

01 06
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 6, undated
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown
Marked and crossed out on original container: "Piano (1977) Roger Woodward - piano, Baden Baden 1977"

Work number: ubmu0002_2_06_01
Feldman, Morton
Flute and orchestra
Duration: 34:44

01 07-11
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 7-11, undated
5 10 inch reels
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown
Divided into five files.

Work numbers: ubmu0002_2_07_01--ubmu0002_2_11_01
Feldman, Morton
For Christian Wolff
Duration: 3:23:18

01 12
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 12, February 1974
1 5 inch reel
Performers: Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française
Location of performance: Paris (France)?

Work number: ubmu0002_2_12_01
Feldman, Morton
For Frank O'Hara
Duration: 18:00

01 13
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 13, undated
1 7 inch reel
Duration of entire tape: 44 minutes
Performers: Creative Associates?
Location of performance: Buffalo (New York)
All three pieces done on Evenings for New Music, but different programs

Work number: ubmu0002_2_13_01
Feldman, Morton
For Frank O'Hara
Duration: 21:36

Work number: ubmu0002_2_13_02
Moran, Robert
L'apres-midi du Dracoula
Duration: 12:36

Work number: ubmu0002_2_13_03
Scherchen, Tona
Tzoue
Duration: 10:07

02 14-15
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 14-15, 13 March 1982
2 7 inch reels
Performers: Paul Zukofsky, violin; Aki Takahashi, piano
Location of performance: Symphony Space (New York, N.Y.)
Marked Part I and II

Work numbers: ubmu0002_2_14_01--ubmu0002_2_15_01
Feldman, Morton
For John Cage
Duration: 1:04:15

02 16
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 16, January 1975
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo
Performers: S.E.M. Ensemble
Location of performance: Unknown
"Studio Recording" ; Piece Commissioned by S.E.M. Ensemble

Work number: ubmu0002_2_16_01
Feldman, Morton
Instruments, no. 1
Duration: 22:08

02 17
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 17, 27 October 1981
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; 1/4 track stereo
Performers: Bowery Ensemble
Location of performance: Unknown
Recording has a pronounced audio hum. Musical work followed by 16 minutes of ambient sound.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_17_01
Feldman, Morton
Instruments, no. 1
Duration: 19:36

02 18
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 18, undated
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo ; ½ track
Contents from label on front which states "BBC". Handwritten contents on back of container not Feldman works.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_18_01
Feldman, Morton
Instruments, no. 1
Performers: Creative Associates
Duration: 26:25

Work number: ubmu0002_2_18_02
Feldman, Morton
Voice and Instruments 2
Performers: Matrix: Jane Manning, soprano; Francis Christou, clarinet; Jennifer Ward Clarke, cello; Robin McGee, double bass
Duration: 11:44
Recorded from BBC Music in our time broadcast 9 December 1975.

02 19
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 19, 4 June 1976
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; 2 track stereo ; tail out
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_19_01
Feldman, Morton
Instruments, no. 2
Duration: 20:23

02 20
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 20, undated
1 5 3/4 inch reel
Performers: Eberhard Blum, flute; Han de Vries, oboe; Jan Williams, percussion
Location of performance: Cologne (Germany)?
"W.D.R." (Westdeutscher Rundfunk)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_20_01
Feldman, Morton
Instruments, no. 3
Duration: 22:29

02 21
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 21, 13 July, no year
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo ; ½ track
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_21_01
Feldman, Morton
Madame Press died last week at ninety
Duration: 4:55

02 22
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 22, 16 March 1972
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo ; tail out
Location of performance: London (England)
"BBC Invitation Concert Part II, Broadcasting House"
Each work preceded and followed by commentary.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_22_01
Feldman, Morton
Madame Press died last week at ninety
Performers: Fires of London; Peter Maxwell Davies, conductor
Duration: 7:28

Work number: ubmu0002_2_22_02
Feldman, Morton
Three clarinets, cello and piano
Performers: Matrix: Francis Christou, Alan Hacker, Tony Coe, clarinets; Jennifer Ward Clarke, cello; Paul Crossley, piano
Duration: 12:42

Work number: ubmu0002_2_22_03
Feldman, Morton
I met Heine on the Rue Fürstenburg
Performers: Mary Thomas, voice; Fires of London; Peter Maxwell Davies, conductor
Duration: 14:21

Work number: ubmu0002_2_22_04
Feldman, Morton
Piano three hands
Duration: 7:24
Performers: Morton Feldman and Harrison Birtwistle, piano

02 23
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 23, 2 June 1976
1 5 3/4 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo
Performers: Han de Vries, oboe; Hilversum Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Jean Fournet, conductor
Location of performance: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Followed by announcement of personnel

Work number: ubmu0002_2_23_01
Feldman, Morton
Oboe and orchestra
Duration: 17:39

02 24
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 24, 18 September 1976
1 5 3/4 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; NAB stereo
Performers: Scottish National Orchestra ; Elgar Howarth, conductor
Location of performance: Bute Hall, Glasgow University
World premiere performance
Preceded and followed by announcer's introduction

Work number: ubmu0002_2_24_01
Feldman, Morton
Orchestra
Duration: 20:32

02 25
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 25, undated
1 5 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; mono ; fulltrack
Performers: New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, conductor
Location of performance: New York (N.Y.)
The back of the container also lists Swallows of Salangan but it is not on the tape.
Probably the performance by New York Philharmonic originally on Columbia Records, 1965.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_25_01
Feldman, Morton
Out of "Last pieces"
Duration: 10:47

02 26
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 26, undated
1 5 inch reel
Tail out
Location of performance: Unknown
Swallows of Salangan crossed out on back of container but it is on the tape. The performance is preceded by an announcement in French.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_26_01
Feldman, Morton
Out of "Last pieces"
Performers: Unidentified
Duration: 10:58

Work number: ubmu0002_2_26_02
Feldman, Morton
Swallows of Salangan
Performers: Unidentified but possibly Henri Pousseur, conductor
Duration: 5:47

02 27
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 27, undated
1 5 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; mono
Location of performance: Unknown
Box is marked "Do not open - has to be spliced"

Work number: ubmu0002_2_27_01
Feldman, Morton
Out of "Last pieces"
Performers: Unidentified
Duration: 10:58

Work number: ubmu0002_2_27_02
Feldman, Morton
Swallows of Salangan
Performers: Unidentified but possibly Henri Pousseur, conductor
Duration: 4:57

03 28
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 28, undated
1 7 inch reel
tail out
Performers: Roger Woodward, piano
Location of performance: Unknown
Marked "R.W. Piano"
Preceded by one minute of unidentified content.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_28_01
Feldman, Morton
Piano (1977)

03 29
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 29, 10 November 1980
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; tail out
Performers: Aki Takahashi
Location of performance: Buffalo (New York)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_29_01
Feldman, Morton
Piano (1977)
Duration: 31:28

03 30
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 30 28 August 1980
1 7 inch reel
3 3/4 ips ; NAB stereo ; 2 tracks
Location of performance: Edinburgh (Scotland)
First U.K. performances of both pieces.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_30_spoken_01
Feldman, Morton
Conversation with composer Morton Feldman, pianist Roger Woodward, and cellist Christopher Gough
Duration: 7:50

Work number: ubmu0002_2_30_01
Feldman, Morton
Piano and orchestra
Performers: Roger Woodward, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Henry Lewis, conductor
Duration: 22:52

Work number: ubmu0002_2_30_02
Feldman, Morton
String quartet and orchestra
Performers: Edinburgh String Quartet; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Henry Lewis, conductor
Duration: 30:14

03 31
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 31, 28 August 1980
1 10 inch reel
Location of performance: Edinburgh (Scotland)
Copy of reel 30. There was a previous unexplained note about this being unplayable.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_31_spoken_01
Feldman, Morton
Conversation with composer Morton Feldman, pianist Roger Woodward, and cellist Christopher Gough
Duration: 7:51

Work number: ubmu0002_2_31_01
Feldman, Morton
Piano and orchestra
Performers: Roger Woodward, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Henry Lewis, conductor
Duration: 22:52

Work number: ubmu0002_2_31_02
Feldman, Morton
String quartet and orchestra
Performers: Edinburgh String Quartet; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Henry Lewis, conductor
Duration: 30:14

03 32
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 32, 4 February 1967
1 7 inch reel
Performers: Neely Bruce, Dennis Kam, Morton Feldman, pianos
Location of performance: University of Illinois Festival of Contemporary Arts

Work number: ubmu0002_2_32_01
Feldman, Morton
Pieces, piano (3)
Duration: 14:34

03 33
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 33, 1976?
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo ; ½ track
Performers: Gregg Smith Singers, Gregg Smith, conductor
Location of performance: Columbia Studios, New York or London
"from AL 34138" (issued on Odyssey)
Audible click from turntable needle on LP

Work number: ubmu0002_2_33_01
Feldman, Morton
Rothko Chapel
Duration: 26:21

03 34
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 34, undated
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo ; ½ track
Performers: Unidentified, probably Gregg Smith Singers
Location of performance: Unknown
"copy of job 86665" - a copy of Tape 33 with Gregg Smith Singers

Work number: ubmu0002_2_34_01
Feldman, Morton
Rothko Chapel
Duration: 25:37

03 35
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 35, 2 June 1978
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; 2 tracks
Performers: Paul Zukofsky, violin ; Ursula Oppens, piano
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_35_01
Feldman, Morton
Spring of Chosroes
Duration: 20:28

03 36
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 36, 3 June 1980
1 10 inch reel
Performers: Benjamin Hudson, Carol Zeavin, violins; Janet Lyman Hill, viola; Andre Emelianoff, violoncello
Location of performance: Buffalo
Only date supplied on box. Must be June in Buffalo performance.
Defective audio

Work number: ubmu0002_2_36_01
Feldman, Morton
Quartets, strings, no. 1
Duration: 1:43:37

03 37
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 37, undated
1 5 inch reel
Performers: Unidentified
Label on original container states Swallows of Salangan, Sveriges Radio, Stockholm '65 (or '68), Kagel.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_37_01
Unidentified orchestral work not by Feldman
Duration: 5:58

03 38
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 38, 1965?
1 5 inch reel
Performers: Mauricio Kagel, conductor?
Location of performance: Stockholm

Work number: ubmu0002_2_38_01
Feldman, Morton
Swallows of Salangan
Duration: 6:25

04 39
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 39, undated
1 7 inch reel
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_39_01
Feldman, Morton
Turfan fragments
Duration: 29:54

04 40
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 40, September 1971
1 5 3/4 inch reel
Location of performance: Venice Biennale (for Viola in my life no. 4)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_40_01
Unidentified work for piano, electronics, and percussion
Duration: 12:05

Work number: ubmu0002_2_40_spoken_01
German language instruction, preceded by brief excerpt of a German song
Duration: 30:21

Work number: ubmu0002_2_40_02
Feldman, Morton
Viola in my life IV
Karen Phillips, viola; Orchestre Philharmonique de l'O.R.T.F.; Marcello Panni, conductor
Duration

Work number: ubmu0002_2_40_03
Feldman, Morton
Viola in my life IV
Karen Phillips, viola; Orchestre Philharmonique de l'O.R.T.F.; Marcello Panni, conductor
Duration: 19:30
Same performance as above

Work number: ubmu0002_2_40_04
Unidentified work for piano, electronics, and percussion
Duration: 19:58
Same performance as first work on tape

I.B    Reel to reel tapes of events with Morton Feldman, 1966
Tape 41-45
Arranged in chronological order.
Box Item Contents
04 41
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 41, July 1966
1 7 inch reel
Performers: John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation
Location of performance: WBAI, New York (New York)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_41_01
Radio happening I part 1
Duration: 28:25

04 42
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 42, July 1966
1 7 inch reel
Performers: John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation
Location of performance: WBAI, New York (New York)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_42_01
Radio happening I part 2
Duration: 16:30

04 43
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 43, 12 September 1966
1 7 inch reel
Performers: John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation
Location of performance: WBAI, New York (New York)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_43_01
Radio happening II part 1
Duration: 29:20

04 44
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 44, 12 September 1966
1 7 inch reel
Performers: John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation
Location of performance: WBAI, New York (New York)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_44_01
Radio happening II part 2
Duration: 25:26

04 45
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 45, 12 September 1966
1 7 inch reel
Performers: John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation
Location of performance: WBAI, New York (New York)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_45_01
Radio happening II (complete)
Duration: 55:55

I.C    Reel to reel tapes of compositions by other composers, 1974-1980
Tape 46-52
Arranged alphabetically by composer's surname and then by the title of the first composition on the tape.
Box Item Contents
04 46
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 46, 9 October 1979?
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; NAB stereo
Performers: Ensemble Inter-Contemporaine ; John Alldis Choir ; Peter Estvös, conductor
Location of performance: Royal Albert Hall
First U.K. performance.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_46_01
Birtwistle, Harrison
agm
Duration: 33:54

04 47
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 47, 25-26 January 1974
1 7 inch reel
Location of performance: Boston (Mass.)
First of two tapes containing the entire concert which also included Feldman's Cello and orchestra and Reich's Music for mallet instruments (Tape 1)
Spoken introductions by Boston Symphony announcer William Pierce and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas precede each work.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_47_01
Boulez, Pierre
Eclat
Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Duration: 11:20

Work number: ubmu0002_2_47_02
Stravinsky, Igor
Abraham and Isaac
Performers: David Evitts, baritone; Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Duration: 12:25

Work number: ubmu0002_2_47_03
Knussen, Oliver
Symphony no. 3. Introduction and masque
Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra ; Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Duration: 7:10

04 48
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 48, 19 December 1980
1 7 inch reel
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_48_01
Cage, John
Cheap imitation
Duration: 34:44

04 49
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 49, undated
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; ½ track ; tail out

Work number: ubmu0002_2_49_01
Marcus, Bunita
Oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone
Duration: 18:10
Performed April 17, 1978
Location of performance: Buffalo (N.Y.)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_49_02
Marcus, Bunita
Piano piece (1979)
Duration: 12:58

04 50
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 50, 11 April 1978
1 5 3/4 inch reel
7 ½ ips ; stereo
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_50_01
Xenakis, Iannis
Dmaathen
Duration: 11:40

04 51
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 51, undated
1 7 inch reel
7 ½ ips
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_51_01
Xenakis, Iannis
Gmeeoorh
Duration: 29:19

04 52
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 52, undated
1 11 cm reel
7 ½ ips
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_52_01
Xenakis, Iannis
Nuits
Duration: 9:37

II.A    Cassette tapes of compositions by Morton Feldman, 1967-1987
Tape 53-71
Arranged alphabetically by the title of the first Feldman work on the tape.
Box Item Contents
05 53
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 53, undated
1 cassette
BASF 60 CR-E-II
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown
Probably same performance as Tape 54.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_53_01
Feldman, Morton
Coptic light
Duration: 30:58

05 54
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 54, 20 June 1987
1 cassette
Maxell XLII 60
Performers: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest; Koor Nieuwe Muziek; Huub Kerstens, conductor
Location of performance: Middelburg (Netherlands)
Performers and date from program in Feldman papers

Work number: ubmu0002_2_54_01
Feldman, Morton
Coptic light
Duration: 22:17

05 55
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 55, undated
1 cassette
TKD SA-60
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown
Probably same performance as Tape 53 and 54 but tape begins with applause and there is more space before the work begins.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_55_01
Feldman, Morton
Coptic light
Duration: 31:37

05 56
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 56, undated
1 cassette
TKD D60
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown
Divided into two files

Work number: ubmu0002_2_56_01
Feldman, Morton
Crippled symmetry
Duration: 90:18

05 57
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 57, undated
1 cassette
Maxell UR90
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown
Feldman work on Side B. Side A is labeled Schoenberg: Moses and Aron

Work number: ubmu0002_2_57_01
Feldman, Morton
Elemental procedures
Duration: 19:00

Work number: ubmu0002_2_57_02
Schoenberg, Arnold
Moses und Aron (incomplete)
Duration: 47:14

05 58
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 58, undated
1 cassette
Maxell XLII 90
Performers: Erik Skjoldan, piano
Location of performance: Unknown
Issued by Universal Edition
Divided into two files

Work number: ubmu0002_2_58_01
Feldman, Morton
For Bunita Marcus
Duration: 82:47

05 59
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 59, undated
1 cassette
TDK SA90
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_59_01
Feldman, Morton
For Samuel Beckett
Duration: 57:29

05 60
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 60, undated
1 cassette
Maxell XLII-S 90
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_60_01
Feldman, Morton
For Stefan Wolpe
Duration: 36:00

05 61
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 61, undated
1 cassette
Maxell UR90
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown
Marked "good performance (unknown)"

Work number: ubmu0002_2_61_01
Feldman, Morton
Madame Press died last week at ninety
Duration: 4:19

Work number: ubmu0002_2_61_02
Feldman, Morton
False relationships and the extended ending (rehearsal)
Feldman can be heard speaking, asking to repeat a section at 10:47.
Duration: 13:00

05 62
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 62, 18 September 1976
1 cassette
No marking
Performers: Scottish National Orchestra; Elgar Howarth, conductor
Location of performance: Glasgow
Label on spine: David W. Maves Concerto for 2 pianos & Orch. Appollinaire song
World premiere performance; duplicate of Reel to reel tape 24
Same performance recorded two times

Work number: ubmu0002_2_62_01
Feldman, Morton
Orchestra
Duration: 18:18

Work number: ubmu0002_2_62_02
Feldman, Morton
Orchestra
Duration: 18:21

05 63
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 63, 20 November 1986
1 cassette
TDK SA90; Dolby B
Location of performance: Unknown
Label on spine: Salon concert, Clementi's
Feldman work on Side B.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_63_01
Cage, John
Music for six
Duration: 30:40
Performers: Unidentified

Work number: ubmu0002_2_63_02
Feldman, Morton
Palais de Mari
Performer: Bunita Marcus, piano
Duration: 26:21

Work number: ubmu0002_2_63_03
Wolff, Christian
Bowery preludes
Duration: 15:34
Performers: Unidentified

05 64
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 64, 22 June 1987
1 cassette
TDK SA90; Dolby B
Performers: Bunita Marcus, piano
Location of performance: New York (N.Y.)
Side A: 1st version: "Strong -- Mellow"; Side B: Version #2: "Volatile"

Work number: ubmu0002_2_64_01
Feldman, Morton
Palais de Mari
Duration: 26:22

Work number: ubmu0002_2_64_02
Feldman, Morton
Palais de Mari
Duration: 26:17

05 65
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 65, 28 August 1980
1 cassette
Maxell UD90
Location of performance: London (England)
Date from Reel Tape 30 - this is likely a duplicate but not the Schoenberg
Feldman work on Side B.

Work number: ubmu0002_2_65_01
Schoenberg, Arnold
Piano concerto
Performers: Roger Woodward, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Lawrence Foster, conductor
Duration: 20:51
Recording date: 4 August 1979

Work number: ubmu0002_2_65_02
Liszt, Franz
Totentanz
Performers: Roger Woodward, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Lawrence Foster, conductor
Duration: 17:33
Recording date: 4 August 1979

Work number: ubmu0002_2_65_03
Feldman, Morton
Piano and orchestra
Performers: Roger Woodward, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Henry Lewis, conductor
Duration: 21:57
Recording date: 28 August 1980

Work number: ubmu0002_2_65_04
Unidentified work for orchestra
Performers: Unidentified
Duration: 14:27

05 66
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 66, 2 November 1985
1 cassette
TDK SF90
Performers: Aki Takahashi, piano; Kronos Quartet
Location of performance: Bing Theatre, Los Angeles (Calif.)
Marked: "Tape defective - radio stations overlap"
Divided into two files

Work number: ubmu0002_2_66_01
Feldman, Morton
Piano and string quartet
Duration: 77:23

05 67
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 67, 4 February 1967
1 cassette
Maxell XLII90
Two pieces for 3 pianos is duplicate of performance on Reel Tape 32

Work number: ubmu0002_2_67_01
Feldman, Morton
Two pieces for three pianos
Performers: Neely Bruce, Dennis Kam, Morton Feldman, pianos
Recording date: 4 February 1967
Duration: 14:42
Location of performance: University of Illinois Festival of Contemporary Arts

Work number: ubmu0002_2_67_02
Feldman, Morton
Turfan fragments
Performers: Swiss Italian Radio (Radiotelevisione svizzera di lingua italiana); Marc Andreae, conductor
Recording date: March 1981
Duration: 29:34

05 68
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 68, 17 May 1986?
1 cassette
Sony UCX60
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_68_01
Feldman, Morton
Rothko Chapel
Duration: 31:05

05 69
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 69, undated
1 cassette
TDK AD-X90
Performers: Simon Rowland-Jones, viola; John Scott, celeste; Terence Emery, Charles Fulbrook, percussion; Sarah Leonard, soprano; BBC Singers; Simon Joly, conductor
Location of performance: St. Alban's Church (Holborn, London)
Issued by Universal Edition

Work number: ubmu0002_2_69_01
Feldman, Morton
Rothko Chapel
Duration: 25:13

05 70
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 70, undated
1 cassette
Maxell XLII90
Cello and orchestra performance is duplicate of Reel Tape 1; Kagel performance is duplicate of Reel Tape 37 and 38

Work number: ubmu0002_2_70_01
Feldman, Morton
Swallows of Salangan
Performers: possibly Henri Pousseur, conductor
Preceded by French announcer
Duration: 6:05

Work number: ubmu0002_2_70_02
Feldman, Morton
Cello and orchestra
Performers: Jules Eskin, cello; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Preceded by introduction by Michael Tilson Thomas (2:11)
Recording date: 25 January 1974
Duration: 25:42

Work number: ubmu0002_2_70_03
Feldman, Morton
Swallows of Salangan
Performers: Mauricio Kagel, conductor
Duration: 5:23

Work number: ubmu0002_2_70_04
Feldman, Morton
Swallows of Salangan
Performers: possibly Mauricio Kagel, conductor
Duration: 6:12

05 71
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 71, undated
1 cassette
TDK SA-C90 ; Dolby C
Performers: Aki Takahashi, piano
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_71_01
Feldman, Morton
Triadic memories
Duration: 1:01:03

II.B    Cassette tapes of events concerning or with Morton Feldman, 1966-1993
Tape 72-78
Arranged in chronological order.
Box Item Contents
05 72
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 72, July 1966
1 cassette
TDK SA-X60
Performers: John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation
Location of performance: New York (N.Y.)
Duplicate of Reel Tape 41-42

Work number: ubmu0002_2_72_01
Radio happening I
Duration: 45:17

05 73
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 73, 12 September 1966
1 cassette
TDK SA-X60
Performers: John Cage and Morton Feldman in conversation
Location of performance: New York (N.Y.)
Duplicate of Reel Tape 43-44

Work number: ubmu0002_2_73_01
Radio happening II
Duration: 55:14

05 74
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 74, 4 September 1987
1 cassette
Performers: Peter Whorf, radio host
Location of performance: New York (N.Y.)
Issued by Universal Edition

Work number: ubmu0002_2_74_01
WNYC-FM radio show "Morning edition" piece on the death of Morton Feldman, including interview segments with John Cage, Bunita Marcus, and Christian Wolff
Duration: 5:08

05 75
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 75, 9 September 1987
1 cassette
Maxell XLII90
Performers: Speakers include Bunita Marcus, Howie Kanowitz, Nils Vigeland, David Shapiro, Christian Wolff, Brian O'Daugherty, Steve Sloman, Dore Ashton
Location of performance: St. Marks Cathedral, New York (N.Y.)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_75_01
Memorial service for Morton Feldman at St. Mark's in New York City
Duration: 1:09:43
Divided into two files

Work number: ubmu0002_2_75_02
WNYC-FM radio show "Morning edition", hosted by Peter Whorf, piece on the death of Morton Feldman, including interview segments with John Cage, Bunita Marcus, and Christian Wolff
Duration: 5:16
Duplicate of Tape 74

05 76-77
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 76-77, 7 November 1987
2 cassettes
Maxell XLII90
Location of performance: New York (N.Y.)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_76_01--ubmu0002_2_77_01
Dreier, Ruth and Whorf, Peter
WNYC radio show tribute to Morton Feldman, part 1-2
Duration: 2:57:35
Includes performance of Feldman's Oboe and orchestra, Palais de Marais (performed by Bunita Marcus), comments by William Colleran, recordings of Artur Rubinstein performing Chopin mazurkas, and a recording of the second movement of a Sibelius symphony.
Divided into four files

05 78
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 78, 16 June 1993
1 cassette
Maxell XLII90
Location of performance: Buffalo (N.Y.)
"The interview took place on Wednesday 16 June 1993 at 4 P.M. in the Buffalo, New York home of Jan Williams (only the first 45 minutes were recorded on tape). Among other things, Williams indicates when Feldman began to collect rugs."

Work number: ubmu0002_2_77_01
Interview of Jan Williams by Sebastian Claren on subject of Morton Feldman
Duration: 46:41

II.C    Cassette tapes of compositions by other composers, circa 1974-1986
Tape 79-87
Arranged alphabetically by composer's surname and then by the title of the first composition on the tape or a supplied collective title.
Box Item Contents
05 79
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 79, undated
1 cassette
Maxell XLII90
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_79_01
Alrich, Alexis
Variations for two pianos, from Oakland variations
Duration: 5:34

Work number: ubmu0002_2_79_02
Alrich, Alexis
Prelude and jig for mandolin and guitar
Duration: 9:19

Work number: ubmu0002_2_79_03
Alrich, Alexis
Set for piano
Duration: 17:23

Work number: ubmu0002_2_79_04
Alrich, Alexis
"Water" from the Four elements
Duration: 7:26

Work number: ubmu0002_2_79_05
Alrich, Alexis
Lento from Trio for violin, cello, and piano
Duration: 3:20

05 80
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 80, undated
1 cassette
Realistic Supertape 60 ; Dolby B
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_80_01
Feldman, Barbara Monk
Variations for six string instruments
Duration: 24:57

Work number: ubmu0002_2_80_02
Feldman, Barbara Monk
Trio for violin, cello, and piano
Duration: 13:57

05 81
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 81, undated
1 cassette
Memorex MRXI 60
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_81_01
Nam, Inhwa
Music for violin and piano
Duration: 10:25

05 82
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 82, undated
1 cassette
Dolby B
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_82_01
Marcus, Bunita
Adam and Eve
Duration: 36:26

05 83
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 83, 1985
1 cassette
TDK D60

Work number: ubmu0002_2_83_01
Marcus, Bunita
Lecture for Jo Kondo
Performers: Unidentified
Location of performance: California Institute of the Arts
Duration: 21:02

Work number: ubmu0002_2_83_02
Marcus, Bunita
Solo (for flute)
Performers: Eberhard Blum, flute
Recording date: 1985
Location of performance: Berlin
Duration: 27:11

05 84
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 84, 5 July 1986
1 cassette

Work number: ubmu0002_2_84_01
Marcus, Bunita
Rugmaker
Recording date: 1985
Performers: Kronos Quartet
Location of performance: Middelburg (Netherlands)
Duration: 19:08

Work number: ubmu0002_2_84_02
Marcus, Bunita
Lecture for Jo Kondo
Performers: UC San Diego Faculty, Bunita Marcus, conductor
Recording date: April 1986
Duration: 15:12

05 85
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 85, 7 April 1984
1 cassette
Maxell ULII90
Performers: Eberhard Blum, flute
Location of performance: Buffalo (N.Y.)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_85_01
Marcus, Bunita
Solo (for flute)
Duration: 42:34

05 86
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 86, 2 April 1986
1 cassette
Dolby B
Performers: Bunita Marcus, lecturer
Location of performance: San Diego (Calif.)

Work number: ubmu0002_2_86_01
Marcus, Bunita
Lecture on Morton Feldman's "Sound-mass"
Duration: 49:23

05 87
Morton Feldman Collection of Audio Recordings Tape 87, undated
1 cassette
Maxell P/I 60
Performers: SMCQ (Société de musique contemporaine du Québec); Serge Garant, conductor
Location of performance: Unknown

Work number: ubmu0002_2_87_01
Rea, John
Treppenmusik
Duration: 16:21


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Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987--Archives
Music--20th century

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Sound recordings

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The Morton Feldman Papers comprise personal and business correspondence, writings by and about Feldman, clippings, programs, and photographs.

The collection consists of 79 works by Morton Feldman in either score or part formats (72 scores; 7 sets of parts). All but one item are ink manuscripts on vellum. These served as the masters that Feldman submitted to C. F. Peters and Peters published directly from these masters.