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Morton Feldman Quotes

The most interesting aspect for me, composing exclusively with patterns, is that there is not one organizational procedure more advantageous than another, perhaps because no one pattern ever takes precedence over the others.
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For me it's the instrument. If I want to think of a flute and the state of the arts I hear a vibrato; I don't know what a flute is unless the person plays it for me.

— Morton Feldman

If you think you might have secret information listening to me, you're lost.

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No one has the Houdini school of composition.

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The tragedy of music is that it begins with perfection.

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We do not hear what we hear ... , only what we remember.

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To me, I took a militant attitude towards sounds. I wanted sounds to be a metaphor, that they could be as free as a human being might be free. That was my idea about sound. It still is, that they should breathe ... not to be used for the vested interest of an idea. I feel that music should have no vested interests, that you shouldn't know how it's made, that you shouldn't know if there's a system, that you shouldn't know anything about it ... except that it's some kind of life force that to some degree really changes your life ... if you're into it.

— Morton Feldman

What was great about the 50s is that for one brief moment - maybe, say, six weeks - nobody understood art.

— Morton Feldman

Do we have anything in music that really wipes everything out? That just cleans everything away?

— Morton Feldman

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