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The Anonymous Feldman Zone
‘For Bunita Marcus’ (1985) is one of the most revered and frequently performed works in Morton Feldman’s catalogue. It has been released on disc at least 12 times, sometimes played by well-known Feldman interpreters, sometimes by celebrated pianists who aren’t primarily associated with experimental music, and sometimes by pianists who are not at all well-known.
Some people maintain that one or other pianist’s version is superior to the others, or that a particular pianist’s touch is unique. There are obviously differences of interpretation across the many recordings, but in a blind test how easy is it to distinguish between the various versions?
Below on the left are the names of six of the pianists who have recorded ‘For Bunita Marcus’. On the right are six audio extracts in a random order, one by each of the pianists listed. The extracts feature the same passage from the piece, lasting between 4’20” and 5’10” depending on the interpretation.
You can listen to all six versions and see which you prefer. And, if you like, you can try to match each extract to a particular pianist. To find out who is playing on each extract, click on the link at the bottom of the page.
We think it’s wonderful music, so have fun.
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