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Double Take, for solo violin

Written in 2014. Commissioned by Earplay. World Premiere March 16, 2015 at the ODC Theater in San Francisco, with Terrie Baune, violin.     read more

"Festinger drew his idiomatic inspiration from the towering model of J.S. BachŐs sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin. He harnessed the old idea of implied polyphony (a musical device that creates the illusion of simultaneous musical ideas through registral shifts) and gave it an altogether modern twist, effectively interweaving the two implied lines into a single expressive weave. An extended section in double stops expanded the textural palette before the piece reached a fragile and touching ending." - Giacomo Fiore, San Francisco Classical Voice

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 7 pages

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Head over Heels, for MIDI keyboard, Macintosh computer and synthesizer

Written in 1992. Commissioned by Earplay. World Premiere October 23, 1992 in Knuth Hall at San Francisco State University, with pianist Karen Rosenak.     read more

"... Festinger's Head Over Heels offered a cat and mouse game... The piece was catchy and full of verve, something to look forward to hearing again." - San Francisco Chronicle

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 23 pages

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Le Pianiste

Written in 2008-2009. Commissioned by the Argosy Foundation for pianist Marilyn Nonken. Premiere performance March 21, 2009, The Music Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Three movements, after paintings of Roberto Eschuaran Matta:

1. Les Arpeges
2. Mi Fa Sol al Mura
3. Glisser du Vent

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Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 31 pages

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Legerdemain, for hand drums and wood block

Frame drum, Djembe, Conga, Darabouka, Turkish Drum and Wood Block. Written in 2008.
Commissioned by Daniel Kennedy. Premiere performance November 15, 2008, Festival of New American Music, Sacramento, California.     read more

"In Legerdemain, common understanding of rhythm is thrown into question, hovering at a tantalizing boundary between groovy and pulse-free." - San Francisco Classical Voice

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 21 pages

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Movements for Guitar

Written in 1976. World Premiere March 12, 1976, Knuth Recital Hall, San Francisco State University, Richard Festinger, guitar.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 10 pages

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Portrait, for Solo Violin

Written in 2012. Commissioned by the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. World Premiere June 9, 2012, Knuth Recital Hall, San Francisco State University. Performances by Natalie Lin, Su Hyun Park, Emma Steele, and Alexandra Switala.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 3 pages

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Prelude for Guitar

Written in 1971. World Premiere performances Feb. 7, 1971, at the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Richard Festinger, guitar.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 3 pages

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Récit, for Solo Viola

Written in 2009; revised in 2012.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 10 pages

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Three Little Piano Pieces

Written in 1992. commissioned by Fallen Leaf Press. World Premiere November 10, 1992, with Betty Woo, piano, at the Festival for New American Music at Sacramento State University, Sacramento, California.     read more

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 6 pages

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Triptych for Solo Flute

Written in 1979. World Premiere May 5, 1979, the American Center, Boulevard Raspail, Paris France, Leslie Lind, flute.     read more

"perfectly executed, well-crafted music... turning wide leaps into counterpoint and executing widely-spaced trills with the precision of a mockingbird." - Classical Voice of North Carolina

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 12 pages

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Upon the Viol, for Solo Cello

Written in 2012. Commissioned by the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. World Premiere June 9, 2012,Knuth Recital Hall, San Francisco State University. Performances by Austin Huntington, Chris Irvine, Jean Kim, and Richard Narroway.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 3 pages

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Variations for Piano

Written in 1988. commissioned by Earplay. World Premiere performance October 13, 1988, by Karen Rosenak at the University of California in Davis.     read more

"Festinger's composition culls the intricacy of Liszt's Les Préludes and the spaciousness of Webern's piano works."
- Classical Voice of North Carolina

"Festinger proceeds with a feeling of spontaneity... a panorama of moods, styles, shapes, figurations… underlying rhythmic play coupled with a vocal feeling for long line lends these variations an attractive point of fascination." - Piano and Keyboard Journal

Score: 11 x 8.5 Landscape format, 19 pages

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Violacanta, for Solo Viola

Written in 2012. Commissioned by the Irving M. Klein International String Competition. World Premiere June 9, 2012,Knuth Recital Hall, San Francisco State University, Sarah Harball, viola.

Score: 8.5 x 11 Portrait format, 3 pages

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