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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!



One movement from String Quartet No. 3 (F. 158) will be premiered at the Composers’ Showcase concert at MMR on Wednesday 7-Aug at 9:00pm.

I’ll also be giving Lost Delight (F. 157b) its first public showing at Café Morendo at MMR on Thursday 8-Aug at 9:00pm.

And listen around—you might just hear an Enigma Canon for two ukuleles, or Horse Play (F. 134) for two trumpets!

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

Hine Ma Tov (F. 163) was premiered by the Gaithersburg Community Chorus May 18, 19, & 21, 2013, and is a new setting of the traditional text for SATB and Piano.

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

Let Us Be Merry (F. 160) was premiered by the Gaithersburg Community Chorus December 8 & 9, 2012. This carol is based on William Billings’ setting of A Virgin Unspotted originally published 1778.


Featured Video: Wistful Wind

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.



Welcome fellow MMRers! I’m looking forward to a fun-filled week making music with y’all! See you soon.

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