Morton Feldman was born in January 1926 in New York. He studied composition with Wallingford Riegger and Stefan Wolpe; however, the aesthetic principles of his work were shaped by his close association with John Cage, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff and David Tudor in New York in the early 1950′s. Feldman received many awards, including Guggenheim, Arts & Letters, National Endowment for the Arts and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. He was also Edgard Varese Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
“Until about ten years ago I wrote often about music. I no longer do. The writing was usually polemical in content. In recent years I do not want to argue with talent. I want to be thankful for it regardless from where it comes.”
- Morton Feldman / Aug. 12, 1975