Voice and Instruments II (1972) by Morton Feldman
for clarinet, cello, and bass

Morton Feldman wrote Voice and Instruments II the year before he left his family's garment-trade business for a faculty position at the University of Buffalo, where he taught for the remainder of his life. It is representative of what might be termed his Middle Period, which was characterized by works of about twenty minutes in length (including the better-known examples Rothko Chapel and For Frank O’Hara) and by the fruit of his exploration into experimental techniques and instruments such as the ondes martenot, which is employed to such excellent effect in this work.

[from program for March 19, 2012 concert]