David Felder received the 2010 Music Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and currently serves as the Birge-Cary Chair in Composition at SUNY, Buffalo, where he has served as Ph.D. dissertation advisor for nearly 50 composers. Felder also holds several Artistic Directorships, among them that of the “June in Buffalo” Festival (1985-present) and the Slee Sinfonietta (1996-present). Felder’s music has been recorded on the Bridge, Mode, EMF, and Albany labels.
Felder has received grants and commissions from numerous entities including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Guggenheim, two Koussevitzky commissions, two Fromm Foundation Fellowships, two awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, a Meet the Composer “New Residencies” (1993-1996) composer residency with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and two commissions from the Mary Flagler Cary Trust. Recent commissions include Le Quatre Temps Cardinaux for soprano Laura Aikin, bass Ethan Herschenfeld, large chamber ensemble/orchestra (BMOP, Signal, and Slee Sinfonietta) and electronics on texts of Neruda, Creeley, Gioia, and Daumal for the Koussevitky Foundation, and ensemble works commissioned by Neo Norbotten of Sweden, Norway’s Cikada Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, Talujon Percussion Ensemble, and The New York Virtuoso Singers.
With Nomina sunt consequentia rerum (“names are the consequences of things”) for The New York Virtuoso Singers, Felder has written an invocation to guardian angels, based on a text from Dante’s In La Vita Nuovo:
God gives me an angel.
In the sight of the angels, I sing to thee.
Felder explains: “When reflecting upon the impressive and odds-defying anniversary of one Harold Rosenbaum and his elite group of singers, it is clear to observe that in the face of all manner of difficulties that arise in persevering, full employment of requisite guardian angels is an absolute imperative.” In this meditative work, Felder employs German and Latin texts associated with the autumnal “feast of the guardian angels,” using words referring to the presence of light (lux, lumine, luceat). Felder concludes the work with one full line of text: “in conspecto angelorum psallam tibi” (“in the sight of the angels we sing to thee”).
For more on David Felder and his music, go to: http://www.music.buffalo.edu/faculty/felder/
The New York Virtuoso Singers and Harold Rosenbaum will perform the world premiere of Nomina sunt consequentia rerum at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on Sunday, March 3, 2013. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/the-new-york-virtuoso-singers1
© 2013 Suzanne Schwing. Used by permission.