For Philip Guston: Multimedia Concert

Background…

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The 20th century is often regarded as the greatest period of innovation and development for art since the European Renaissance approximately 500 years prior. In the United States, the New York School was an informal group of artists, both visual and performing, active in the 1950s and 60s whose works were characterized by surrealist, avant-garde, abstract,and experimental techniques and styles. In regards to the musical arts, this “school” included composers John Cage, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, and Morton Feldman.

Morton Feldman (1926-1987) is most known for soft, lengthy works, and his unique compositional style characterized by metrical and rhythmic combinations that create a sense of free-floating, unfocused, and slowly evolving sound. Like many composers, Feldman drew inspiration from various sources, including a number of specific pieces for fellow friends and artists such as For Franz Kline (1962), Rothko Chapel (1971), For Frank O’Hara (1973), For John Cage (1982), and For Bunita Marcus (1986).

About the Project…

For Philip Guston was written in 1984, four years after Guston’s death, and is scored for flute, percussion, and piano. This monumental work was performed at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as part of my Doctoral Project Recital. The concert featured multimedia components including special lighting, a unique performance portfolio, and more than 100 images of Guston’s works displayed throughout the 4+ hour concert. The portfolio in its entirety can be viewed HERE. Over a six week period, $1,700 was raised by more than 40 contributors.

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