A passage from Beethoven’s Op. 90 reminds me of Morton Feldman: it makes me aware of two different worlds that a piece of music can reveal to us.
The latest music to migrate from the bookshelf to the piano to be worked on are pieces by Morton Feldman and Beethoven. What I’m finding is that these pieces are talking to each other—or at least Feldman is speaking to Beethoven—about voicing, weight, and sound.
I guess I’ve been good, since Samantha Claus left some new music under the tree this year. So, of course, I’ve been having fun playing through various new scores, and learning more about what playing really means to me.