Universal Edition - Morton Feldman – Samuel Beckett, Words & Music

Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman
Samuel Beckett, Words & Music

Year of composition: 1987
Scored for: for chamber ensemble
Composer: Morton Feldman
Instrumentation: fl(2), vib, pno, vln, vla, vc
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute
Duration: 42′
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Samuel Beckett, Words & Music

Work Introduction

In 1961 Samuel Beckett wrote Words and Music for BBC radio, a play featuring the two characters “Words” and “Music” (also referred to as Joe and Bob). The work was withdrawn following the première due to Beckett’s dissatisfaction. 20 years later, Beckett suggested that Morton Feldman should compose the music, resulting in the first complete performance in 1987 (the year of Feldman’s death), produced for the American Beckett Festival of Radio Plays. In Feldman’s words: ‘It was a huge amount of fun to do something for Beckett, a sort of tribute to him, i.e. someone who has been part of my life since the ‘50’s … it was to some extent a labour of love, which I happily undertook.’

full score - Samuel Beckett, Words & Music

Samuel Beckett, Words & Music
  • for chamber ensemble
  • Edition type: full score

score - Samuel Beckett, Words & Music

Samuel Beckett, Words & Music
  • for chamber ensemble
  • Edition type: score

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