This is one of my favorite hymns. When I was recently presented with the opportunity to play cello in church in the summer of 2014, I quickly settled on doing a new setting of the hymn, scored for voice, cello, and piano.
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Missa Brevis performance 22-Oct-2017 in Chicago–The Church of the Ascension (Episcopal) will being using Missa Brevis as part of their services, sung by a 14-voice professional choir, directed by Benjamin Rivera. [...]
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 [...]
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 MMR(August 2, 2016)Calling 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. [...]
Tennyson’s poem opens with rather conventional imagery (crashing sea, coldness, grayness). So, too, the music starts with a texture that mimics the endless crashing waves—a cascade of falling voices resolving suspensions only to create new ones: “break, break, break, …” The main narrative is then taken up by the choir in a style that is thick with suspensions that reflect the narrator’s yearning…a cappella, Lord Tennyson, SATB, SSAATTBB