CHORAL AND VOCAL MUSIC
Choral and vocal music with and without instrumental ensembles

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Careless Love

Written in 2016. Scored for baritone voice, B flat clarinet (doubling on bass clarinet), horn, violin, viola, cello and piano. Texts by A.E.Stallings. Commissioned by the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. World Premiere January 20, 2017, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Francisco, California, with Daniel Cilli, baritone, and Steven Schick, conductor. Duration 18 minutes. Read more

"Enchanting... Festinger creates a musical language that mirrors and heightens the poet’s crisp lyricism. A French horn and three string instruments hold plush sustained chords as a backdrop, while the piano and clarinet dart their way through brusque, angular melodic figure... the zip and subtlety of the poetry find a counterpart in vocal writing of rhythmic buoyancy and surprise."    - The San Francisco Chronicle


Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 47 pages

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Cummings Settings

Written in 2015. Scored for soprano, B flat clarinet and cello. Texts by E.E.Cummings. Commissioned by Lucy Shelton and the Resonant Bodies Festival. World Premiere September 8, 2015, with soprano Lucy Shelton, Resonant Bodies Festival, Merkin Hall, New York, New York. Duration 8 minutes.


"Smart"     -    New York Classical Review


Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 13 pages

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D-ajuns-o Ma Dor Da Duca

Written in 1997. Scored for nine-part chorus. Based on a traditional Romanian folk song. Commissioned by Kitka. World Premiere March 6-8, 2008 by the San Francisco Choral Artists, Saint Gregory of Nyssa Church, San Francisco.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 15 pages

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Incognito

Written in 2014. Scored for soprano and baritone voice. Dedicated to Lucy Shelton. Text by Emily Dickinson, "I'm Nobody". Commissioned by SongFest. World Premiere June 8, 2014, Thayer Hall, The Colburn School, Los Angeles, Winnie Nieh, soprano and Steven Eddy, baritone.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 15 pages

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... Insect Voices

Written in 2007. Scored for soprano, flute, violin, cello, percussion and CD playback. Translated Japanese and Korean texts and original text by Brenda Brown. Recorded insect sound source material courtesy of Thomas J. Walker, Professor Emeritus, Entomology, University of Florida. Commissioned for the exhibition Brenda Brown in Situ at the Selby Art Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida. World Premiere performance February 28, 2008, at the Selby Art Gallery, Sarasota.     read more

"...a fun, interesting, and at times moving reflection on those highly musical natural [insect] sounds, combined with apt poetry selections from the United States and the Far East." - San Francisco Classical Voice

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 45 pages

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Letters and the Weather of Six Mornings

Written in 1984. Eight songs to poems of Jane Cooper, for soprano and piano. Premiered May 12, 1984, Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, with Katharine DeBoer soprano and Kathryn Southworth piano.

"Richard Festinger's selectivity and focus on the core idea similarly produced the finest of the eight songs in his cycle Letters and the Weather of Six Mornings (poems by Jane Cooper). Festinger's music found its own way of extending the elegant character of Cooper's concentrated poems while escaping the regularity of their design... revealing a touching sensitivity." - San Francisco Chronicle

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 37 pages

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Love Wanders There, for soprano and two classical guitars

Written in 2013. One movement. Duration 5 minutes. Commissioned by the Vox n Plux Ensemble. World Premiere November 8, 2013 by Vox n Plux, Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, Bill Anderson and Oren Fader, guitars, Festival of New American Music, Sacramento, California.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 8 pages

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Song: Beauty is a Shell from the Sea

Written in 1981. Scored for SATB chorus, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, horn, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, harp and guitar. Text by William Carlos Williams. World Premiere April 15, 1981, Sonar Plexus series, Hertz Hall, University of California, Berkeley, various artists.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 50 pages

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Spring Ice

Written in 2010. Commissioned by Brenda Brown. Premiere performance March 31, 2010, at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, by soprano Sarah Kirsch and violinist Oleg Pokhanovsky.     read more

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 15 pages

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The Coming of Age

Written in 2003. Scored for soprano, flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano. Texts by Denis Johnson. Commissioned by the Mary Flagler Cary Trust for the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum of New York. World Premiere May 18-19, 2003, at the Guggenheim Museum, with Amy Burton, soprano, and Bradley Lubman, conductor.

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 60 pages

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The Locust Tree

Written in 2007. A cappella chorus SATB chorus. Texts by William Carlos Williams. Commissioned by Volti. World premiere Nov. 3-4, 2007, St. Mark's Lutheran Church, San Francisco, with Robert Geary conducting.     read more

"Williams' objectivist text, with its characteristic one or two words per line, was well-matched by a syllabic text-setting that emphasized the power of each individual word of the poem. Through contrasts in color, range, and dynamics, Festinger drew my attention to the way in which each of Williams' words played a role in shaping the meaning of the poem." - San Francisco Classical Voice

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 16 pages

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The Moon is Hiding

Written in 2016. Soprano and Cello. World Premiere February 12, 20017, Noe Valley Chamber Music, Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, California, with Christine Brandes, soprano and Marcy Rosen, cello.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 6 pages

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To Be Sung on the Water

Written in 2006. A capella SATB chorus. World Premiere June 6, 2006, the First Unitarian Curch of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 2 pages

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Winds of May, for soprano and two classical guitars

Written in 2014. One movement. Duration 4 minutes. Commissioned by the Vox n Plux Ensemble: Elizabeth Farnum, soprano, Bill Anderson and Oren Fader, guitars.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 8 pages

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