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 "Four Yiddish Folksongs" by Derek David, is a song cycle for Soprano, Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, and was commissioned by The Institute for Jewish Research (YIVO) for their concert, "Continuing Evolution 2: Yiddish Folksong in Classical Music."


Megan Jones, soprano Collin Lewis, clarinet Blanche Darr, violin Sung-Soo Cho, piano Lucy Fitz Gibbon, editing Daniel Urbanowicz, subtitles Filmed at eth Bard Conservatory of Music at Bard College. The Concert premiered on Apr 21, 2021. © Derek David 2021 Audio, Video, and Music. 

Scenes from Goya - A Chamber Sinfonietta in Five Movements
(To be performed with projections of the artist's Work)
Performed and commissioned by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble. Conducted by Nicole Paiement.
Date of premiere/recording: May 2nd, 2019.
I. Chaconne "The Sleep of Reason Breeds Monsters" (00:00)
II. A Woman Holding Up Her Dying Lover (13:40)
III. The Duchess of Alba (16:52)
IV. Rondo Los Caprichos (27:15) (attaca)
V. La Folia: The Disasters of War (38:10)
Music and Recording © 2019 By Derek David. All Rights Reserved.
Scenes from Goya (Hoefer Prize commission) is inspired by an exhibition held at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, on the artwork of Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes. The exhibition contained nearly four hundred paintings, etchings, drawings, and sketches that represented the artist’s prolific life. Goya, who suffered from an unspecified illness that caused random fevers and terrifying hallucinations, went deaf 37. As a result, his artistic output takes place both firmly within realms of 18th /19th century Spain, and outside of history and reality all together. His ebbing state of sanity and the constant sense of social and physical isolation brought him to produce works based on madness, witchcraft, the gruesome capriciousness of society, and the disasters of war. Most of all, Goya paid constant homage to his muse, María Cayetana de Silva, Duchess of Alba (the wife of a patron). Alba is painted and represented in countless works that portray her as both the source of suffering and idealization. The portrait featured in this work was a private painting known only to Goya. It features Alba in a traditional funerary dress signifying the death of her husband. On her hands, two rings side by side, reading Alba and Goya; and at her feet written in the sand, she points to “Solo Goya” (only Goya) as she stares longingly into the viewer’s eyes.

Duo for Violin and Viola: Vignettes and Tableaux in Miniature (excerpts) 

Premiered at, and commissioned, by the Sunset Chamber Music Festival in Los Angeles, California on June 17th, 2019, at St. Thomas the Apostle


I. Chant donné (00:00)

II. Chorale and Counterpoint - Hora/האָרע - Hin und zurück (2:41)

V. Children’s Song - (05:30) קינדערליד

IV. Canzone del Trovatore (08:50)

XX. Les Adieux (11:55)


Nicole Sauder, Violin Jesse Morrison, Viola Louis Ng, Video and Sound

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Et in Bergamo ego  
Un balletto per la 'commedia dell'arte' sulle tematiche di Søren Kierkegaard
Commissioned and Performed by SAKURA Cello Quintet
Louis Ng, sound and video.
Performed and recorded on at the Sunset ChamberFest, Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 (world premiere) In Los Angeles, CA

String Quartet No.1

Performed live in New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall on May, 15th 2011. Winner of the 2015 American Prize, 2012 ASCAP Morton Gould Award, the 2012  EAMA Prize and the 2017 Hoeffer Prize. 

Music and Recording © 2011 By Derek David. All Rights Reserved.

Quan Yuan & Timo de Leo, Violin

Emily Deans, Viola

Jonathan Dormand, Cello

Viola Sonata "Partita di Guerra"

Matthew Davies, Viola

James Hurley, Piano

Composed in 2008 (and revised in 2010), The sonata is written in the style of a baroque partita, as well as a theme and variation form. The piece was written in opposition to the Iraq war and programmatically depicts the anxiety, fear, and mental deterioration of a soldier fighting in the American civil war. In the final moments of the variations, the long awaited battle commences. Shortly thereafter, the soldier meets his death with a gunshot wound to his heart. As he slowly dies, the theme is finally heard representing his soul painfully leaving the body. The composition ends with his final breath.

Tre scherzi per trio d'archi

III. Fugue: Presto con fuoco

The finale to "Tre scherzi per trio d'archi" Quan Yuan, Violin

Matthew Davies, Viola

David Meyer, Cello