Whispers at the Gates of Dawn is the first movement from the King Arthur Suite. Originally written as a stand-alone tone poem (Tone Poem No. 4), once I completed Isle of Avalon (Tone Poem No. 5), I knew I had to create an entire suite of related tone poems.
“At every moment there is a potent direction, a flow that informs the listener that something interesting is happening now…”
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Guest on “Moveable Do” Podcast!
“This week, Hawaii-based composer Chris Fraley discusses how his background as a math and science wiz influences his love for counterpoint. Featured in this episode: Eire’s Call, The Plains, Hine Ma Tov, and the premiere of the recording of A Light Exists In Spring. Plus, experimentations with Just Intonation.”
For more information about any of the featured pieces, click below:
- Eire’s Call (Tone Poem No. 3)
- The Plains (SATB)
- Hine ma tov (SATB, SATB & Piano, SAA & Piano)
- A Light exists in Spring (SATB)
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A Random Sampler
Wistful Wind’s quick, rhythmic pattering of unaccompanied voices paints the scene for the listener: a chilly errant breeze in the hush before dawn. Just like the poet uses language to evoke imagery, the composer can use rhythm, melody, and harmony to support specific aspects of the text.a cappella, Adela Florence Nicolson, English, India's Love Lyrics, PROJECT:ENCORE, SATB