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Universal Edition - Morton Feldman – The Turfan Fragments

Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman
The Turfan Fragments

Year of composition: 1980
Scored for: for orchestra
Composer: Morton Feldman
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2 - 2 2 2 0, str(0 0 6 4 4)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
1st trombone
2nd trombone
viola (6)
violoncello (4)
contrabass (4)
Commissioned by: commissioned by Swiss-Italian Radio
Duration: 17′
 
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The Turfan Fragments

Work Introduction

A series of archaeological expeditions to East Turkestan, conducted by Sir Aurel Stein in the early part of this century, unearthed several fragments of knotted carpets dating from the third and sixth centuries. Though these fragments were too small to indicate either its design or provenance, they did convey a long tradition of carpet weaving. This is to a large degree the extended metaphor of my composition: not the suggestion of an actual completed work of “art”, but the history in Western music of putting sounds and instruments together.

Morton Feldman

Study score – The Turfan Fragments

  • for orchestra
  • Edition type: study score
  • Edition info: Orchestra material on hire; score in handwriting
  • UE16495
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-4859-2
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-04568-4
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Future Performances

17.06.2017
Location: Athens (GR), Orchestra: Athens State Orchestra, Conductor: Ilan Volkov


30.08.2017 - Music Festival Ostrava Days
Location: Antonit Dvorak Theatre, Ostrava (CZ), Orchestra: Ostravská banda

5 Ensembles that have played this work:

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