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Construction in metal and wood, for piano and percussion

Written in 2001. One movement. Duration 13 minutes. Commissioned by the Aprodu-Miroglio Duo. World Premiere performance October 18, 2001, at the University of Maryland.

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"Richard Festinger's Construction in Metal and Wood, a virtuosic duo for piano and percussion, veered from rambunctious to contemplative."     - The New York Times

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 31 pages

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Crossfire, for two percussionists

Written in 2000. One movement. Duration 12 minute. Commissioned by the Barlow Foundation at Brigham Young University for the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. World Premiere performance December 4, 2000, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, with Daniel Kennedy and William Wynant, percussion.

"...with its fiery passagework and finely detailed, intricate exchanges between the players... this work has many strongly appealing qualities: it's both complex and highly kinetic, sensitive to pure sound and imbued with forward momentum." - San Francisco Classical Voice

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 30 pages

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Impromptu, for clarinet and piano

Written in 1985. Duration 9 minutes. World Premiere performance July 7, 1985, First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California, Peter Josheff, clarinet, and Karen Rosenak, piano.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 24 pages

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Peripeteia, for clarinet, violin and cello

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.

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 19 pages

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Sonata for Cello and Piano

Written in 1990. Commissioned by Laszlo Varga. World Premiere March 13, 1990, by Earplay, Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center for the Arts, San Francisco, with Laszlo Varga, cello and Karen Rosenak, piano.

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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.

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 15 pages

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Tapestries, for violin, cello and piano

Written in 1997. Three Movements. Duration 15 minutes. Commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress for the Laurel Trio. World Premiere November 6, 1997, by the Laurel Trio at the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University, Sacramento, California.

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 33 pages

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The Way Things Go, for flute and piano

Written in 2005. Three movements. Duration 11 minutes. Commissioned by Tara Helen O'Connor for a cd recording funded by an Avery Fisher Young Artist Award. World Premiere Performance June 25, 2011, Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, Utah, with Carlton Vickers, flute, and Jed Moss, piano.

“Other standouts on the release include… the title track, The Way Things Go, by Richard Festinger, another O'Connor commission. This ultra-chromatic modernist work has a series of dramatic starts and stops, yet always moves inexorably towards its climaxes. The piece is a technical challenge for both performers, and O'Connor and Kampmeier own it.”       - Ralph Graves, the-unmutual-blogspot.com

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 26 pages

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To A Pilgrim, for bass clarinet and cello

Written in 2012. Commissioned by John Sackett and Jean-Michel Fonteneau for the opening concert in a festival commemorating the life and work of composer Andrew Welsh Imbrie. Premiere performance March 25, 2012, on the Composers Inc. Series, Old First Church, San Francisco, California, with John Sackett, bass clarinet and Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello.

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 13 pages

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To A Pilgrim II - version for Bb clarinet and viola

Originally composed in 2012. Arranged for B flat clarinet and viola in 2013.

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 13 pages

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Trionometry, for flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, and piano

Written in 1996. Three movements. Duration 15 minutes. Commissioned by the Empyrean Ensemble at the University of California in Davis. World Premiere performance April 13, 1996, by Tod Brody, flute, Peter Josheff, clarinets, and Karen Rosenak, piano, at the Wyatt Pavillion, University of California, Davis.

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"Richard Festinger's Trionometry was simply breathtaking... This technically demanding tour de force begins with a delicate exposition which... eventually explodes into a contrapuntal argument of grandiose proportions... like a multi-stage rocket that - ignoring gravity - traverses the earth's atmosphere. Bravo!" - Twentieth Century Music

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 37 pages

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Twinning, for violin and piano

Written in 1994. Three movements. Duration 12 minutes. Commissioned by the California Association of Professional Music Teachers. Second place winner of the Music Teachers National Association Annual Composers Competition. World Premiere performance January 27, 1995, with Frederick Lifsitz, violin and Karen Rosenak, piano, at the annual meeting of the the Music Teachers National Association in San Francisco, California.

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 24 pages

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Price: Score $16.50

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