(b. 1950s, Québec).
Canadian composer of mostly chamber and piano works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.
Ms. Monk Feldman studied composition with Bengt Hambraeus 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 University at Buffalo, The State University of New York from 1984–87 and there earned her PhD, on the Edgard Varèse Fellowship.
Her music has been performed at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt, the festival Inventionen in Berlin, the festival Nieuwe Muziek in Middelburg, the festival Other Minds in San Francisco, and elsewhere.
She is also active in other positions. Her research into music and visual art has led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Stan Brakhage, whose hand-painted film Three Homerics was created for use with her work Infinite Other. She founded the Time Shards Music Series at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2001 and served as its artistic director. Her article Music and the Picture Plane appeared in the journals RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics (1997) and Contemporary Music Review (1998).
She taught at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1988, 1990 and 1994, has given guest lectures at the Universität der Künste Berlin and has lectured and taught at universities in Canada and the USA.
The Canadian Music Centre and Frog Peak Music are the distributors of her music.
COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS
Pyramus and Thisbe (opera, libretto by the composer, after Ovid [English translation], William Faulkner, St. John of the Cross [English translation], Rainer Maria Rilke), mezzo-soprano, tenor, mixed chorus, orchestra (8 winds, 8 brass, harp, mandolin, 3 percussion, string quartet, strings), 2010
Design for String Orchestra, string orchestra, 1980
The Northern Shore for Piano, Percussion and Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra, piano, percussion, small orchestra/orchestra, 1997 (also version as The Northern Shore, violin, piano, percussion)
Movement for Solo Viola, viola, 1979
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, violin, cello, piano, 1984
Variations for Six String Instruments, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, 1986
Two Flutes and Vibraphone, 2 flutes, vibraphone, 1987
Duo for Piano and Percussion, piano, 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, fixed media, 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 The Northern Shore for Piano, Percussion and Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra)
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, '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
Variations for String Quartet and Chorus (text by Ludwig Wittgenstein), mixed chorus, string quartet, 1987
Infinite Other (text by Homer [English translation]), 2 sopranos, mixed chorus, flute, clarinet, piano, string quartet, film ad libitum (by Stan Brakhage), 1992
Poems by Gerard Manley Hopkins (text by Gerard Manley Hopkins), mixed chorus, 2014
The Gentlest Chord (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), mezzo-soprano, 1991
Three Poems by Wallace Stevens (text by Wallace Stevens), speaker, clarinet, vibraphone, 1997
The Love Shards of Sappho (text by Sappho [English translation]), soprano, clarinet, violin, piano, 2 percussion, 2001
The I and Thou, 1988
Two Pianos, 2 pianos, 1989
Clear Edge, 1993
In the Small Time of a Desert Flower, 2000
Piece for Prepared Piano, prepared piano, 2007
Soft Horizons, 2012