Works performed by Earplay:

Abstraction en metal et bois
After Blue
The Coming of Age
Diary of a Journey
Double Take
Eight Songs to Poems of Jane Cooper
From the Beginning
Head over Heels
James Joyce Settings
Kleinen doch emsigen
Sonata for Cello and Piano
The Way Things Go
Upon the Viol

Composer Richard Festinger (b. 1948) has garnered international recognition for his extensive catalogue of vocal and instrumental compositions. Writing for the Tanglewood Music Festival, Frank J. Oteri describes Festinger's music as "notable for its combination of propulsive energy with an impeccable sense of poise and balance," and WQXR Radio in New York has dubbed him "an American master." Festinger is a professor emeritus of San Francisco State University. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in composition from the University of California, Berkeley, and in the mid 1980's co-founded the acclaimed San Francisco based modern music ensemble Earplay. Festinger's music is published by C.F. Peters Corporation and Wildcat Canyon Music Press, and his works have been recorded for the Naxos, Bridge, CRI, Centaur, and CRS labels. The recipient of numerous major awards and commissions, he has been honored with two commissions from the Serge Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, and has received both the Walter Hinrichsen Award and an Academy Recording Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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