Benjamin Frankel : British composer of string quartets, symphonies and concertos

Benjamin Frankel (31 January 1906 – 12 February 1973) was a British composer. His best known pieces include a cycle of five string quartets, eight symphonies, and concertos for violin and viola. Born in London to parents of Polish-Jewish origin. His apprenticeship to a watchmaker at the age of 14 lasted for only about a year when … Continue reading Benjamin Frankel : British composer of string quartets, symphonies and concertos

Morton Feldman’s anti-opera ‘Neither’, a collaboration with Samuel Beckett

The Rome Opera commissioned Morton Feldman to write an opera in 1977. In the same year, the composer collaborated with Irish writer Samuel Beckett, and Neither was completed and premiered. However, it is not an opera in the traditional sense of the word. Feldman and Beckett had first met in 1976 in Berlin, where the latter was directing … Continue reading Morton Feldman’s anti-opera ‘Neither’, a collaboration with Samuel Beckett