A choral setting of Adela Florence Nicolson’s poem The Plains, part of a cycle of choral pieces entitled India’s Love Lyrics.
“…what I love most about [Chris’s works] is their immediacy.”
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. [...]
Recorded live at Fraley’s 2003 recital, Paintings of Song, is an idea born of the desire to paint images with music, intermixing art song with instrumental music, using the unique expressiveness of each to enhance the other. Over 50 minutes of music featuring Kevin Krentz (cello), Kwan Bin Park (violin), Karen Janes (string bass), Stuart Lutzenhiser (tenor), and others. Track List includes: String Quartet No. 2 (“Love Quartet”), Piano Trio No. 1 (“Fish Trio”), Eire’s Call (Tone Poem No. 3), Piano Preludes No. 1 and No. 4, The Crossing, Only You, Perceptions, A Thought for Your Penny.CD
Conversations with a Composer is an insightful exploration into the mind of a composer and respected composition teacher. It is also a delightful, easy-to-read, intriguing book for music lovers, wannabe composers, professional musicians, or newcomers to the appreciation of music.
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
The Brightest and Best video can also be found on YouTube or on Facebook. If you like the video, please share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, etc., and Like it on YouTube or on Facebook. Overview Every Christmas, I get in the mood to write some Christmas music. This is somewhat unfortunate, in that I […]a cappella, Christmas, Hymn, Sacred, SATB, Video
Welcome Home by Cascadian Chorale Welcome Home features American choral music spanning three centuries: pieces by colonial-era William Billings, Robert Frost poems set by 20th century Randall Thompson, and lyrical 21st century songs by Pacific Northwest composers. As described by Cascadian Chorale: This recording highlights some of our singers’ favorite pieces from the past few years, […]Cascadian Chorale, CD, Recording