String Quartet No. 3 is written for, and dedicated to all of the wonderful people that make up the Midsummer Musical Retreat (MMR).
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Guest on “Moveable Do” Podcast!
The Movable Do podcast (October 27, 2020) “Composer and conductor Steve Danielson interviews other living composers to learn about their journeys, successes, and learning experiences.
“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
A Light exists in Spring
On the surface, “A Light exists in Spring” captures Emily Dickinson’s feelings during an ephemeral experience of Nature—that particular light that is unique to early Spring. But there is a wonderful depth in her writing, including insights about how Nature moves us to feel, the relationship between contentment and Nature, and our experience of the passing of the intangible.a cappella, Emily Dickinson, English, Nature, SATB
Fish Trio (Piano Trio No. 1)
Missa Dramatica (Missa Brevis No. 2)
Missa Dramatica (Missa Brevis No. 2) borrows its intensity from the Agnus Dei of my first mass. While still a work-in-progress, I’ve completed both the Kyrie and the Agnus Dei, and have prepared a video score for the Kyrie so that you can listen to this beautifully dramatic setting while following along with the music.a cappella, Latin, Mass, PROJECT:ENCORE, Sacred, SATB
“An End” is a multi-movement a cappella SSATBB setting of Christina Rossetti’s poem by the same name. I was captivated by a literal interpretation of this poem: the tragic death of a baby born in Spring, and the awful emotional turmoil for those left behind. The music I wrote explores the complex facets of such a loss.a cappella, Christina Rossetti, English, PROJECT:ENCORE, SATB, SSATBB