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Feldman: For Bunita Marcus

By Aki Takahashi

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By Aki Takahashi. By Morton Feldman (1926-1987). Classical, Contemporary Era. Classical. Listening CD. Naxos #MOD-CD-314. Published by Naxos (NX.MOD-CD-314).

Item Number: NX.MOD-CD-314

For Bunita Marcus opens with a clear call to our attention. With these first six notes, we step over the threshold and into the journey of the piece. We know that we are in this for the long haul: Morton Feldman's late works are notorious for being marathons. He composed For Bunita Marcus in 1985, immediately after his four-hour For Philip Guston, and two years after his six-hour String Quartet (II). These earlier works make an hour-long solo piano piece seem short. Still, it is a long time to sustain a single movement, a single journey, and we inevitably have this in mind as we take the first step: so this is how it starts.

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