Each of these fairly large works, between eighteen and twenty-five minutes in duration, has some relationship to the poetry of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, or to a brief, provocative phrase coined by Nietzsche.
Coleccion Nocturna for clarinets, piano and 4-channel tape, is a work of haunting isolation and nostalgia that is loosely based on the Neruda poem of the same name.
Six Poems from Neruda's Alturas..., commissioned jointly by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, was selected by an international jury as the only American orchestral composition to be performed at the International Society of Contemporary Music Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. Like Neruda's cycle of twelve poems on which it is based, the music weaves together images and themes such as reverence for nature, cyclical aspects of regeneration, irresistible death and its accompanying transience of the individual against a background of the collective vastness of time. This is accompanied by a strong sense of individual isolation and alienation and a powerful feeling of loss and longing for a discovery of a greater identity.
a pressure triggering dreams, was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra for Carnegie Hall. The symphony orchestra is accompanied by an 'orchestra' consisting entirely of computer-processed flute sounds within the orchestral tapestry, and the orchestra is expanded by using live sampler keyboards, electric bass, and selectively amplifying solo instruments. The title is a rough translation of some remarks made by Nietzsche in Birth of Tragedy, where he spoke of the effect of Wagner's musical language upon the listener.
Reviews"In all, David Felder's music is filled with an immediate appeal and is penetrated by an outstanding control of compositional techniques. The performances on this CD are on that same level." - Dansk Musiktijdskrift, October, 2000