Morton Feldman: The Turfan Fragments

Morton Feldman The Turfan Fragments
The Turfan Fragments

Morton Feldman: The Turfan Fragments

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for orchestra
Morton Feldman
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 Swiss-Italian Radio
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The Turfan Fragments

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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

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