Joel Feigin, composer
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Works
Opera
TWELFTH NIGHT (2003)
120'
Opera in Two Acts based on the comedy by William Shakespeare

libretto adapted from Shakespeare by Joel Feigin

cast: 6 principal roles, 5 secondary roles, chorus

full orch: 3-3-3-3; 4-3-3-1; timp, hrp, perc (2-3), pf, strings

chamber orch: 1-1-1-1; 2-2-2-2; pf, timp, perc, strings

Chamber version commissioned by LongLeaf Opera

". . . many striking passages, hushed and shimmering for lovers, sparkling and cheeky for the comic figures." — Raleigh News and Observer

". . . Feigin succeeded admirably . . ." — Classical Voice of North Carolina

MYSTERIES OF ELEUSIS (1986)
75'
One-Act Opera

libretto by Jaime Manrique and Joel Feigin

cast: 2 males, 5 females, chorus

1-1-1-1; 2-1-1-1; timp, perc(3), pf; strings

commissioned by Theatre Cornell

"Musically, this is a work of remarkable freshness and maturity, rare accomplishments in a first-ever operatic composition.
— The Ithaca Journal

Orchestra Music
TWO SONGS FROM TWELFTH NIGHT (2013)
7'
baritone, chamber orchestra

2-2-2-2; 2-0-0-0; harp, perc, strings

SURGING SEAS (2012)
19'
string orchestra 5-4-3-2-1
AVIV: CONCERTO for Piano and Orchestra (2009)
20'
2-2-0-2; 0-2-0-0; strings

commissioned for Yael Weiss
by The Fromm Foundation at Harvard University

JANFARE (2007)
4'
3-2-2-2; 2-2-0-0; timp, perc; strings

Commissioned by Santa Barbara Youth Symphony & Edwin Outwater

ELEGY, IN MEMORIAM OTTO LUENING (1997)
7'
available in two versions:

2-0-2-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc, strings

2-2-0-2; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc, strings

commissioned by Santa Barbara (CA) Youth Symphony

"... this is an abidingly tonal, hope-tinged piece, which swerves in and out of some unexpected harmonic corners, but heeds a true emotional heart."
— The Los Angeles Times

MOSAIC IN TWO PANELS (1992/97)
20'
string orchestra

"... absorbing evocative, and utterly human."
— The (Santa Barbara) Independent

FESTIVE OVERTURE (1996)
10'
3-3-3-3; 4-3-3-1; timp, perc(1-2); str

second place: Quinto Maganini Competition

"... Tart and smart."
— Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News-Press

"A delight...Feigin at play?"
— Gerald Carpenter, (The Santa Barbara) Independent

TRIPTYCH FOR ORCHESTRA (1980)
18'
3-2-3-3; 4-2-3-1; timp, perc(3), hp(2); str
Chamber Music
FOR THE FAMILIES OF NEWTOWN (2013)
15'
cello and piano
SHIFTING SPIRITS (2012)
10'
violin and cello
VARIATIONS ON MEL'S SONG (2010)
15'
2 recorders
LAMENT (2010)
15'
solo cello
GENTLY FLOWING (2010)
18'
violin and piano
DIRGE (2010)
7'
brass ensemble: 4 tpt (2 = picc tpt), 2 hn, 3 tbn, 1 tuba
MONTECITO VARIATION (2009)
3' 30"
In honor of Ivry Gitlis
solo violin

THE LAMENT CYCLE (2007)
  LAMENT
15'
  solo viola  
  GHOSTS
12'
  6 violas  
  LAMENT WITH GHOSTS
17'
  solo viola with consort of 6 violas  
  LAMENT AMID SILENCE  
  7 violas and piano

MSR Recordings: MS1413

54'
TAPESTRY, Concerto for horn, violin, and piano (1998)
17'
French horn, violin, piano

commissioned by Steven Gross

semi-finalist: Tampa Bay Composers Forum Excellence in Chamber Music Competition

"It had quite an effect – stunning – and the audience was vociferous in its appreciation."
— New York Concert Review

MOSAIC IN TWO PANELS (1997)
20'
string quartet
VERÄNDERUNGEN (1995)
15'
violin and piano

winner: Speculum Musicae and Auros Group for New Music composition competitions

North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011

printed in Society of Composers Inc. (SCI) Journal of Music Scores

"This is a powerful and emotional work which builds emotional tension in waves, up to an elbow-banging-on-keys catharsis."
- The (Santa Barbara) Independent

TRANSIENCE (1994)
10"
oboe and percussion

commissioned by Robert Falvo and Alicia Chapman

third place: New England Reed Trio International Chamber Music Composition Competition

published by Earnestly Music
North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011

“. . . this album is a necessary addition to collections of American music.”
— Fanfare

ECHOES FROM THE HOLOCAUST (1993)
18'
oboe, viola, piano

written for Sally Bloom

North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011

NEXUS (1993)
10'
flute and piano

commissioned by Jerrold Meinwald

North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011 and N/S R 1017

MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS TRIO (1990)
16'
violin, cello, piano

commissioned by Currents Ensemble

FOUR FANTASY PIECES (1957)
9'
flute and piano

North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011

Vocal and Choral Music
TWO SONGS FROM TWELFTH NIGHT
7'
baritone, piano
AN EMPTY BOAT, FLOATING ADRIFT: Five Poems of Tu Fu (2007)
15'
Kenneth Rexroth, translator

contralto, piano, percussion 

SONG OF LOVING KINDNESS (2000)
10'
solo voice with or without audience participation

(suitable for children's voices)

Metta Sutta, adapted by Jaime Manrique and Joel Feigin

Written for Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

top honors: Waging Peace Through Singing Competition

ARIA FROM MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS (1993)
5'
soprano and piano

Dogen Zenji, adapted by Joel Feigin and Jaime Manrique

FIVE ECSTATIC POEMS OF KABIR (1988)
18'
contralto or soprano and chamber ensemble:

flute, clarinet, percussion(1-2), piano

Robert Bly, translator

North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011

IL PARADISO TERRESTRE (1988)
5'
soprano and piano

Dante (in Italian)

(Honored Nominee: Susan Galloway Sacred Song Competition)

FOUR POEMS OF LINDA PASTAN (1987)
14'
soprano and chamber ensemble:

flute, viola, bass, percussion(1-2), piano

commissioned by Currents Ensemble

North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011
Centaur Records, Inc.: CRC 2284

"...unusually attractive...dramatically scaled and colored songs that can carry to the balcony."
— Richmond Times-Dispatch

DEMETER'S SCENA (1986)
11'
from MYSTERIES OF ELEUSIS

soprano and piano

EIGHT JAPANESE POEMS (1984)
7'
soprano or tenor and harp

Lucien Stryk, translator

commissioned by Gregory Mercer and Barbara Chapman

North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011

FOUR POEMS OF WALLACE STEVENS (1984)
12'
soprano and chamber ensemble:

flute, cello, percussion(1-2), piano

commissioned by Ensemble Sati and Patrice Pastore

North/South Recordings: N/S R 1011

TEN FRAGMENTS OF PINDAR (1983)
20'
soprano and piano

Richmond Lattimore, translator

SIX POEMS OF WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (1983)
19'
tenor and chamber orchestra:

fl, cl, bcl; mand, gtr; perc(2); vln, vla, vlc, cb

written for Parnassus Chamber Ensemble

"The poems are a sequence built on observations of trees and flowers...Williams' terse, precise imagery is subjected to Expressionist expansion...violent, gaudy and exuberant."
— The New Yorker

FIRST TRAGEDY (1982)
10'
soprano, clarinet, piano

Trieu Vu; N.N. Bich, translator

commissioned by Christine Schadeberg and Voices of Change

North South Recordings: N/S R 1011

"Joel Feigin's 'First Tragedy' (1982), a setting...of a moving Vietnamese poem, blended modern-day dissonance, 19th-century lyricism and Richard Straussian opulance."— The New York Times

Piano Music
88 FOR NICK (2013)
3'
piano solo
PRELUDE TO A SONATA (2013)
4'
written for Yael Weiss

piano solo

VARIATIONS ON EMPTY SPACE (2008)
12'
Commissioned by Margaret Mills

Cambria Master Recordings: LC5882

VARIATIONS ON A THEME BY ARNOLD SCHOENBERG (1995)
16'
piano solo

commissioned by Leonard Stein for Piano Spheres

"Feigin's 'Variations on a Theme by Arnold Schoenberg' manages to be knuckle-bustingly intense and introspective in almost equal portions."
— The (Santa Barbara) Independent

14 CANONIC VARIATIONS BY J.S. BACH BWV 1087 (1995)
6'
arranged for 2 pianos
FOUR MEDITATIONS FROM DOGEN (1994)
17'
piano solo

"At the core of 'Four Meditations,' lies Feigin's extraordinarily beautiful musical score.... It could indeed represent a significant contribution to the repertoire of many pianists."— The Moscow Times

Cambria Master Recordings: LC5882

Meditations 1 and 3 included in Lament Amid Silence

MSR Recordings MS1413

FOUR ELEGIES (1980)
10'
piano solo

written in memory of Renée Longy

Video Soundtrack
OLD PLUM MOUNTAIN: The Berkeley Zen Center: Life Inside the Gates (2011)  

A video by Ed Herzog

includes brief excerpts from "Variations on Mel's Song" and"
Four Meditations from Dogen

 
MUSIC FOR "MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS" (1996)
45'
Based on Mountains and Rivers Sutra of Dogen Zenji

In collaboration with Daniel Palkowski

Text adapted by Joel Feigin and Jaime Manrique

Commissioned by Zen Mountain Monastery

Winner: 1997 Worldfest
Charleston International Film Festival
Gold Award for music video

Available from:
Dharma Communications
Box 156
Mt. Tremper NY 12457

Soundtrack also available on audio cassette from Dharma Communications 

 
     
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