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Engaging Classical Music

The music you will find here is fun and engaging, all while preserving those aspects that make classical music deep: counterpoint, rich harmonies, instrumental palette, varied structures, and careful craftsmanship. I am a firm believer that sophisticated/deep/artful music can (and should) still be accessible. Crafting music that is both deep and accessible results in music that is engaging—from the first listening to the hundredth.

These aesthetics reflect my several loves in classical music. I love counterpoint, whether it is a Josquin madrigal, Mozart’s Requiem, or a Schubert piano trio. I love the broad structures composers create. For example, Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony starts with a movement that is almost 14 minutes long—nearly unheard of in popular music. I love the inventiveness of Haydn, the variety exemplified by Beethoven’s symphonies, the expressiveness of Mahler...

My love of this kind of music is what led me to composing. If you enjoy what you encounter on these pages, please drop me a line. But most of all, enjoy!

 

News

Let Us Be Merry (F. 160) will be performed on 6-Dec-2014 and 14-Dec-2014 by Master Chorus Eastside and on 13- and 14-Dec-2014 by the Cascadian Chorale. This Christmas carol is based on William Billings’ setting of A Virgin Unspotted originally published 1778.

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (F. 165) will be premiered by the Cascadian Chorale on Saturday, 13-Dec-2014 and Sunday, 14-Dec-2014.

Coming Soon! The Cascadian Chorale will be releasing a CD, Welcome Home, including a studio recording of the Agnus Dei from Missa Brevis (F. 155).

Join me at Holy Cross Episcopal in Redmond for our Christmas Eve service. Special music starts at 10:30pm, where we will premiere an arrangement of I Wonder As I Wander (F. 168) for violin and cello.

View the video score of Kyrie and Agnus Dei from Missa Brevis (F. 155)—listen to the premiere performance while viewing the score.

View the video score of The Plains (F. 154)—listen to the premiere performance while viewing the score.

 

Featured Video: Agnus Dei

Other videos can be found at YouTube.

Christopher Lee Fraley, Composer

Christopher Lee Fraley

Composer of accessible, yet sophisticated, classical music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus, and solo voice.

 

Van Gogh “Almond Blossoms” (modified)

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