Guerrilla Composer Portrait: Richard Festinger

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Continuing their series of Guerrilla Composer Portraits, in which a composer is featured without their foreknowledge or permission, the Brothers Balliett set up shop in the WQXR studios to talk about a fascinating American composer – Richard Festinger.

This New England-born composer has made great additions to the repertoire, particularly in the world of chamber music. Perhaps founding the Bay Area ensemble Earplay gave Mr. Festinger a taste for the world of chamber music; we'll hear a smattering of exciting works for small ensemble during this hour. 

The sprawling and beautiful Triptych for solo flute was written while a young man; already a clear and unique voice is present. Woodwinds are featured prominently in other works heard today as well – the trio for clarinet, violin and piano Peripitea features a glowing coda, and Trionometry pits flute and clarinet against a sparkling piano background.

Finally, we'll hear a marvelous rendition of Mr. Festinger's recent work Laws of Motion, expertly played by the New York New Music Ensemble led by Jeff Milarsky.

Whether you've known Mr. Festinger's works for a long time or they are new to you, this hour will open up a world of an American master – be sure to tune in!