In 1950, Morton Feldman met John Cage after a performance of Webern’s Symphony. Feldman walked up to Cage and said, “Wasn’t that beautiful?” Their mutual admiration for Webern began a life-long friendship. Feldman had been studying with Stefan Wolpe for five years. Feldman wrote: “…at eighteen I found myself with Stefan Wolpe. But all we did was argue about music, and I felt I was learning nothing.” Later in life Feldman acknowledged Wolpe’s influence. Aleck Karis, longtime pianist for Speculum Musicae, plays a program of key works by this essential triumvirate.
Stefan Wolpe: Form (1959)
Morton Feldman: Piano (1977)
Stefan Wolpe: Form IV: Broken Sequences (1969)
Anton Webern: Variations, op. 27 (1936)
Morton Feldman: Palais de Mari (1986)
Aleck Karis, piano