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David Felder

East Aurora, NY   

David Felder has long been recognized as a leader in his generation of American composers. His music has been characterized by its lyrical qualities, energetic  virtuousic presentation, and usage of electronics to elaborate and extend materials derived from acoustic sound imagery. 


Among numerous awards are two Koussevitzky commissions, two Fromm Foundation commissions, Guggenhiem, NYFA, Rockefeller Fellowhips, Meet the Composer "New Residencies" Composer-in residence with the Buffalo Philharmonic from 1993-96, numerous fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council, and the Music Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a career recognition award in 2010. 


Felder has served as Director of June in Buffalo since 1985, the Artistic Director of the Slee Sinfonietta since 1996, and the Director of the Morris Center for 21st Century  Music since 2006, all at the University of Buffalo, where he is SUNY Distinguished Professor, and Birge-Cary Chair. He has served as Ph.D. advisor and major professor for 70 composers since 1985. 



David Felder Stuck-stuecke movements x – xv

This work was composed for the Arditti String Quartet in 2007-8 and recorded by them on Albany 1153. In this excerpt example, performed by JACK Quartet in June 2013, a little less than the second half of the work is presented. The work is a series of short movements (14 in all) of compressed expression arranged in a cyclic sequence of with both insistent repetition and discontinuous transformation.

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Movement 6 from Les Quatres Temps Cardinaux (2013) [poem from Rene Daumal]

This movement is a kind of orchestral and electronic apotheosis at the very center of the extended work (12 movements, 3 electronic interludes) of 51 minutes’ duration composed in 2011-2013 and premiered in April, 2013. The live recording here compresses 12 channels of electronics, above and around to stereo. The sample is illustrative of my recent approach toward integration of electronic sound made from acoustic sources with the instrumental ensemble. The subtitle of the movement, translated is: “at the height of the day, bang the gong!”

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Stuck-stuecke (mvts 1-6)

This is an mp3 made from the recording of the work by the Ardittis on Albany released in 2010. The first 6 movements present the more active, muscular, iterative music offering the first two primary materials. Everything in the work is made from movement 1. Between this example and #1 above, a significant portion of the development and trajectory, as well as emotional terrain of the work is offered for review as an example of recent string quartet writing. In wanting to present both groups, no score is submitted. It is available at Presser.

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