Track of the Month: February
Happy birthday to Stephen Feigenbaum, composer of TMF commissions.
STEPHEN FEIGENBAUM is an award-winning composer of music for the concert hall and theater. His Serenade for Strings was recorded by the Cincinnati Pops under Erich Kunzel and released on a CD by Telarc. He is winner of two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra's Composer to Center Stage competition, which resulted in mentoring by John Corigliano. NPR's From the Top has featured Stephen as a composer, and he has appeared as an a cappella singer on The Martha Stewart Show and NBC's The Sing-Off. A native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Stephen majored in music at Yale College and received a Master of Music from the Yale School of Music. He has studied with Ezra Laderman, Michael Gandolfi, Samuel Adler, Kathryn Alexander, and Rodney Lister. Stephen's full bio, with numerous additional distinctions, is here.
More music from Terezin is here.
YOU ARE LISTENING to "Songs of Sorrow and Hope" for chorus and piano, a TMF Krasa-Schaechter commission by Stephen Feigenbaum. This piece premiered in 2009 at Prague's Lobkowitz Palace and had its American premiere at Boston's Symphony Hall that same year. It is a 2009 prize-winner in the Vancouver Chamber Choir’s Biennial Young Composer’s Competition.
In "Songs of Sorrow and Hope," I attempt to capture three aspects of humanity's reaction to genocide. The first is one of horror, and is expressed in a poem written by Hanus Hachenburg, who perished during the Holocaust. He was a boy from Prague who was deported to Terezin