Monk Feldman, Barbara (b. 1950s, Québec province). Canadian composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.
Ms. Monk Feldman studied composition with Bengt Hambræus at McGill University in Montréal from 1980–83, where she earned her MMus. She then studied with Morton Feldman, to whom she was later married, at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1984–87 and there earned her PhD, on the Edgard Varèse Fellowship.
Numerous performers have played her works, including the Arditti String Quartet, clarinettist Roger Heaton, pianists Yvar Mikhashoff, Ursula Oppens, Frederic Rzewski, and Aki Takahashi, percussionists Steven Schick, Robyn Schulkowsky and Jan Williams, and cellist Frances-Marie Uitti.
Her music has been premièred at Darmstadt and the festivals Inventionen in Berlin, Nieuwe Muziek in Middelburg, Other Minds in San Francisco, and Toronto New Music and in the Rotonda in Tokyo. BBC, BRT, CBC, HR, and WDR have recorded her works. She served on the faculty at Darmstadt in 1988, 1990 and 1994 and has guest-lectured at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and has lectured and taught at universities in Canada and the USA.
Her research in music and the visual arts has led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Stan Brakhage, whose hand-painted film Three Homerics was created specifically for use with her piece Infinite Other.
She founded the Time Shards Music Series at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in 2001 and has since served as its artistic director. Her article Music and the Picture Plane has appeared in the RES Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics (1997) and Contemporary Music Review (1998).
The Canadian Music Centre and Frog Peak Music distribute her music.
E-mail address for consulting scores: email@example.com
Street address: Ms. Barbara Monk Feldman, c/o Canadian Music Centre, Chalmers House, 20 St. Joseph St., Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9, Canada
Websites: http://www.musiccentre.ca/ or http://www.frogpeak.org/
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
ORCHESTRAL: Design for String Orchestra, 1980; The Northern Shore for Piano, Percussion and Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra, 1997 (also version for violin, piano, percussion)
CHAMBER MUSIC: Movement for Solo Viola, 1979; Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, 1984; Variations for Six String Instruments, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli, 1986; Two Flutes and Vibraphone, 1987; Duo for Piano and Percussion, 1988; The Immutable Silence, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano (+ celesta), 2 percussion, 1990; Pure Difference, clarinet, bassoon, violin, piano, synthesizer, percussion, 1990; Shadow, string quartet, 1991; Three Clarinets and Percussion, 3 clarinets, 3 percussion, 1994 (also version for clarinet, percussion, tape, 1994); Verses for Metal, Wood and Drums, percussion, 1994; Verses for Five, flute, bass clarinet, French horn, piano (+ celesta), percussion, 1996; The Northern Shore, violin, piano, percussion, 1997 (version of orchestral work); Pour un nuage violet, violin, cello, 1998; Proche et lointaine...la femme, bass clarinet, accordion, 2001; Glockenspiel, glockenspiel, 2004; The Loons of Black Sturgeon Lake, flute, 2004; String Quartet No. 1, 'Desert-Scape', 2004; The Chaco Wilderness, flute, clarinet, guitar, piano, vibraphone, 2005; The Pale Blue Northern Sky, 2 guitars, mandolin, 2007; Landscape Near La Pocatière, Québec, cello, percussion, 2007
CHORAL: Variations for String Quartet and Chorus (text by Ludwig Wittgenstein), mixed chorus, string quartet, 1987; Infinite Other (text by Homer), 2 sopranos, mixed chorus, flute, clarinet, piano, string quartet, film ad libitum (by Stan Brakhage), 1992
VOCAL: The Gentlest Chord (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), mezzo-soprano, 1991; Three Poems by Wallace Stevens, speaker, clarinet, vibraphone, 1997; The Love Shards of Sappho, soprano, clarinet, violin, piano, 2 percussion, 2001
PIANO: The I and Thou, 1988; Two Pianos, 1989; Clear Edge, 1993; In the Small Time of a Desert Flower, 2000; Piece for Prepared Piano, 2007
(Last updated on May 1, 2008)