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    I never feel that my music is sparse or minimalist; the way fat people never really think they're fat. I certainly don't consider myself minimalist at all
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: people  music 
     
    I was once married to a woman who could eat anything and tell you what was in it: the most complicated recipes. Her memory of taste - now that's what I call memory!
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: women  memory 
     
    Since music has never had a Rembrandt, we have remained nothing more than musicians.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: music 
     
    Compositionally I always wanted to be like Fred Astaire.
    — Morton Feldman
    To understand what music has to be, you have to live for music. Who's ready to do that?
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: live  music 
     
    For me it's the instrument. If I want to think of a flute and the state of the arts I hear a vibrato; I don't know what a flute is unless the person plays it for me
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: people 
     
    Music is essentially built upon primitive memory structures.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: memory  music 
     
    At one point [Cardew] taught himself to play guitar simply in order to take part in the performance in a composition by Boulez, which is a little like saying he learned Danish to read Kiekegaard.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: saying  read 
     
    What was great about the 50s is that for one brief moment - maybe, say, six weeks - nobody understood art.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: moment 
     
    Most music is metaphor, but Wolff is not. I am not metaphor either. Parable, maybe. Cage is sermon.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: metaphor  music 
     
    If you think you might have secret information listening to me, you're lost.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: secret  listening  lost 
     
    I never understood what rules I was supposed to learn, and what rules I was supposed to break
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: rules  learn 
     
    The most interesting aspect for me, composing exclusively with patterns, is that there is not one organizational procedure more advantageous than another, perhaps because no one pattern ever takes precedence over the others
    — Morton Feldman
    Do we have anything in music that really wipes everything out? That just cleans everything away?
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: music 
     
    The composer makes plans, music laughs.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: music 
     
    The tragedy of music is that it begins with perfection.
    — Morton Feldman
    Art in relation to life is nothing more than a glove turned inside out. It seems to have the same shapes and contours, but it can never be used for the same purpose. Art teaches nothing about life, just as life teaches us nothing about art.
    — Morton Feldman
    Music can imply the infinite if enough things depart from the norm far enough. Strange "abnormal" events can lead to the feeling that anything can happen, and you have a music with no boundaries.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: music 
     
    We do not hear what we hear..., only what we remember.
    — Morton Feldman
    Any professional knows that the flute and the piano is a boring combination. All you've got to arrive at is a kind of typical gestural crap, right? You might agree, though you wouldn't call it gestural crap
    — Morton Feldman
    No one has the Houdini school of composition.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: school 
     
    I want to give my compliments to Australia. Ever since your government paid a few million dollars for a Jackson Pollack painting, I figure that it must be a marvellous country
    — Morton Feldman
    After all, Jews invented psychiatry to help other Jews become Gentiles.
    — Morton Feldman
    tags: help 
     
    I'm not suspicious, I'm just careful.
    — Morton Feldman
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