Nature Pieces (1951) by Morton Feldman
for piano

I. As soft as possible
II. quarter note = 92
III. half note tied to sixteenth = 72
IV. dotted quarter note = 66
V. half note tied to dotted quarter = 72

Nature Pieces is a group of short works originally composed to accompany the choreography of Jean Erdman. Feldman himself once explained the 1950s by saying, "For one brief moment — maybe, say, six weeks — nobody understood art. That's why it all happened." These pieces differ from Feldman's more complex later style in that they apply what has been called an almost soothing interpretation of abstract expressionism, not to mention the influence of the slightly older John Cage, to the specific colors and textures of the piano.

[from program for February 6, 2012 concert]