Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel

Morton Feldman Rothko Chapel
Rothko Chapel

Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel

Year of composition:
1971
Scored for:
for soprano, alto, mixed choir and instruments
Composer:
Morton Feldman
Choir:
SATB (Vokalisen)
Soloists:
soprano; alto
Instrumentation:
perc(1), cel, vla(1)
Instrumentation details:
percussion(1)
celesta
viola(1)
Table of contents:
Rothko Chapel (für Sopran, Alt, gemischten Chor und Instrumente)
Commission:
commissioned by the Ménil Foundation
Remarks:
Tablets by Mark Rothko in the church named after him in Houston, Texas
Duration:
30’
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Work introduction

Morton Feldman wrote Rothko Chapel for soprano, alto, mixed choir and instruments for the meditation room of the Menil Foundation in Houston/Texas in 1971. The room contains 14 large paintings by the American artist Mark Rothko in red, black and purple tones, which vary according to the light and create an atmosphere of contemplation and tranquillity. “To a large degree, my choice of instruments (in terms of forces used, balance and timbre) was affected by the space of the chapel as well as the paintings. I wanted the music … to permeate the whole octagonalshaped room and not be heard from a certain distance” (Feldman).

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Next performances

19 Nov

Rothko Chapel

Wohnparkkirche Alt-Erlaa, Wien (AT)

World première

Location:
Houston
Date:
09.04.1972
Orchestra:
Corpus Christi Symphony
Conductor:
Maurice Peress

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