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David Fetherolf

composer, music editor, master engraver

 
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David Fetherolf


Flattery from friends:
David is a brilliant musician. (Alvin Brehm, Bassist/Composer)
A very gifted and serious composer. (Ursula Mamlok, Composer)
...beautiful and very intriguing. (Bright Sheng, Composer)
This music is really very remarkable. (Giya Kancheli, Composer)
...beautiful and brilliantly orchestrated! (John Corigliano, Composer)
I can't wait to hear David's music. (Chou Wen-chung, Composer)
...no wonder you're weird. (Yehudi Wyner, Composer)

Fetherolf's Music


Orchestral
Unattainable Peace (Symphonic Poem No. 1) Large Orchestra, ca. 16.5'    Details, Listen
Death and the Miser (Symphonic Poem No. 2) Small Orchestra, ca. 9'    Details
El Dia de los Muertos (Symphonic Poem No. 3) Large Orchestra, SATB, ca. 20.5'    Details. Listen
Hush'd be the Camps To-day (in memoriam Yitzach Rabin)Large Orchestra, ca. 6.5'   Details, Listen
Concerto for Violoncello    Large Orchestra, ca. 18.5'    Details, Listen
Poem for Violin and Orchestra    Small Orchestra,  ca. 10.5'   Details, Listen
Choral, Vocal
Llegan la noche y las almas (SATB a capppella)  ca. 3.25'    Details
El Dia de los Muertos (Symphonic Poem No. 3) Large Orchestra, SATB ca. 20.5'    Details, Listen
Poems from the Red Umbrella (sop/chamber players)   ca. 16'     Details
Remembrance of Things Past (sop/electric gt/electronics)   ca. 12'    Details, Listen
Large Chamber (7 or more)
Poems from the Red Umbrella (sop/chamber players)   ca. 16'     Details
Masquerade (fl.cl.bn/tmp/harmonium/hp/2va)   ca. 7'     Details
Vittorio's Dance (in memoriam Vittorio Rieti) (fl.ob.bn/tp/2vn.va.vc)   ca. 2.5'     Details
Small Chamber (2 to 6)
Ein unzusammenhängendër Zusammenhang (solo gt/fl.ob.bcl/vc)   ca. 12'     Details
When Only the Moon Rages (String Quartet No. 1)   ca. 24.5'     Details, Listen
Septuagenaria (pf.vn.vc)   ca. 13.5'     Details, Listen
Seven Epigrams (cl/prc/vn)   ca. 17.5'     Details, Listen
The Banshee's Cry (cl/gt/vc) suitable for High School and above  ca. 5'     Details
Somerville Sonata (pf.va) versions for cl., vc. or vn. also available   ca. 12'     Details, Listen
Dream On, O Suns (vn.vc.)   ca. 8'    Details, Listen
Remembrance of Things Past (sop/electric gt/electronics)   ca. 12'    Details, Listen
Whispers to Roars (percussion quartet)   ca. 14'    Details, Listen
Band
Death and the Miser (arranged for symphonic wind band)   ca. 9'     Details
Solo
Parar la Oreja (Guitar)   ca. 11'    Details
Suite for Guitar (suitable for graduate level and above)   ca. 15'     Details
Partita Diamante (Flute)   ca. 50"     Details
Suite-Fantasia for Violoncello   ca. 22'     Details, Listen
Sonata for Violoncello Alone   ca. 12'     Details
Suite for Violoncello (suitable for graduate level and above)  ca. 5'    Details
Six Humoresques for Piano   ca. 15'     Details
Two Ballades for Piano   ca. 19'     Details, Listen
Ten Pieces for Beginning Pianists (3rd to 4th grade)   ca. 10'     Details
Younger Musicians
El Dia de los Muertos (Symphonic Poem No. 3) Large Orchestra, SATB, ca. 20.5'    Details. Listen
Llegan la noche y las almas (SATB a capppella)  ca. 3.25'    Details
The Banshee's Cry (cl/gt/vc) suitable for High School and above  ca. 5'     Details
Suite for Violoncello (suitable for graduate level and above)  ca. 5'    Details
Suite for Guitar (suitable for graduate level and above)   ca. 15'     Details
Ten Pieces for Beginning Pianists (3rd to 4th grade)   ca. 10'     Details

 

Born in New York City in 1956, David Fetherolf started studying the violoncello at the age of five. Having learned two clefs by the age of seven, he decided to learn the treble clef by teaching himself, using both the piano in his parent's home and the organ in the chapel of the church where his grandmother worked.

As a young adult, Mr. Fetherolf enrolled in the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a non-degree student to study Violoncello. While at Longy his focus shifted from performance to composition. Eventually he moved to New York City, where he qualified for a Masters degree in Music Composition from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music in Purchase, New York.


Mr. Fetherolf's views have been enriched over the years by many teachers, including: Guido Brand, Alvin Brehm, Bruce Coppock, Richard Cornell, Edgar Grana, Anthony Newman, Vladimir Padwa, and Nathan Stuch as well as by his close working relationships with composers such as Chou Wen-chung, Leon Kirchner, and Ursula Mamlok among others.

Fetherolf's works have been played in the United States, Europe, and Central and South America. He has received awards and grants from the American Music Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and the Chase Manhattan Bank as well as several private grants and fellowships. His works have been premiered at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, at St. James Hall, London, and have been selected to represent his country by the United States Information Agency. He has been involved with five International Festival of New Music for Orchestra programs in Olomouc, Czech Republic and received commissions from groups as diverse as The Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (USA) and the Gamavilla Quartet (CZ). Fetherolf is one of the original members of Random Access Music, a group of composers in the New York City area who work under the aegis of the Astoria Music Society.

Mr. Fetherolf's day job, Editor/Production Manager, Premiere Works for G. Schirmer/AMP in New York City keeps him enmeshed in contemporary music. He has lectured extensively to young people on the aesthetics and philosophies of 20th century music and has worked closely to realize musical projects with artists as diverse as the composer Chou Wen-chung, pianist Steven Smith, and Rick Scott of Cuneiform recording artists Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

Fetherolf has recordings available on the Vienna Modern Masters and Albany Record labels.