An End is a multi-movement a cappella SSATBB setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem by the same name. I was captivated by a literal interpretation of this poem: the tragic death of a baby born in Spring, and the awful emotional turmoil for those left behind. The music I wrote explores the complex facets of such a loss.
“At every moment there is a potent direction, a flow that informs the listener that something interesting is happening now…”
Premiere of Reminiscence and He was born in spring, 22 & 23-Apr-2017–Cascadian Chorale will present “Reminiscence” and “2. He was born in Spring” (from An End) during their Cascadian Composers concert on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm at Church of the Holy Cross, Redmond, and on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm at St. Thomas Episcopal, Medina. Several other Seattle-area composers will also […] [...]
Stories (Recording) released!(March 8, 2017)The Byrd Ensemble & Christopher Lee Fraley present Stories, a CD containing 12 a cappella works composed by Christopher Lee Fraley, spanning 21 tracks and 72 minutes. Available at Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. [...]
Brightest and Best Video Released(December 23, 2016)Check out the animated video to the Epiphany carol Brightest and Best. [...]
“On the Origins of Harmony” presentation Tuesday, 8:30am, at MMR2-Aug-2016Calling all MMR campers! Come join me on Tuesday morning (2-Aug-2016) at 8:30 AM in MUSIC 201 for a presentation “On the Origins of Harmony: The Wondrously Wild (& Wacky) World of Harmonics”. The presentation will cover what harmonics are, where they come from, and how the impact our every-day music-making. [...]
Break, Break, Break performance Saturday, 16-Apr-2016–Vox 16 will present Break, Break, Break during their “Modern Choral: A Century of American Choral Music” concert on April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm at Trinity Parish Church, Seattle. [...]
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