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New recording of Feldman’s “The Possibility Of A New Work For Electric Guitar” released

Seth Josel performed the rarely heard Feldman piece in January, and has released the recording via iTunes

Earlier this year guitarist Seth Josel performed Morton Feldman’s "The Possibility Of A New Work For Electric Guitar" at a concert at Pittsburgh's The Andy Warhol Museum. The concert was recorded and the new recital of the piece has been released digitally via iTunes.

The piece was written in 1966 for the musician and composer Christian Wolff. Feldman described it as an attempt to write a piece for electric guitar which could "overcome" the instrument, using trial and error to produce sounds which didn’t sound like an electric guitar. The piece was thought to be lost when the score was stolen along with Wolff’s guitar case a year later in 1967, but a recording of Wolff playing the piece was unearthed from the archives of the KPFA radio station in Berkeley in 2007. Read more on the rediscovery of the piece in an account published by Chris Villars here.

Seth Josel’s performance of Feldman’s “The Possibility Of A New Work For Electric Guitar” is available on iTunes for 79p.

[Hat tip: Frozen Reeds]