Frederick Frahm

Frederick Frahm

Frederick Frahm in Santa Fe, 2012   Photo by Anne Staveley

A resident of Placitas NM, Frederick Frahm was born in Hemet, CA in 1964.

He has worked as parish musician across the US, contributed as a classical music critic to the Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, WA, and served as an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University in River Forest, IL, where he taught counterpoint, music theory & composition, as well as orchestration.  He is a past Dean of the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He regularly works in the Northern New Mexico Public School District as a Teaching Artist and composer in residence for the Santa Fe Opera Company Community Education projects, specifically ALTO (Active Learning Through Opera).

Frederick Frahm is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA) where he earned degrees in Church Music and Organ Performance.  He studied organ  and counterpoint with David Dahl and Gregory Peterson; composition with Roger Briggs and Gregory Youtz, and conducting with Richard Sparks.

As a composer, he is represented worldwide by a dozen publishers with more than a hundred works in print.  His organ works are regularly performed in the US and Europe, and his first symphony was premiered in Santa Fe in December of 2015. The composer’s fair-copy manuscripts, recordings, and correspondence are archived in the Mortvedt Library at Pacific Lutheran University. His recent commissions include new music for the Santa Fe Opera Company, The American Guild of Organists, and numerous private patrons and church communities.

On this page you will find new works created exclusively for Firehead Editions by Frederick Frahm. This collection of works will continually expand and will typically include works for organ solo, choral ensembles, handbell choirs, and selected chamber works.

Click on a title to see sample pages.  If you have any questions about the music or want to see more pages of a particular score, please contact the composer directly.


Cabeza de Vaca (trilogy)

Good Friday, 1519
Herr Christ, der einig Gotts Sohn
Jesus Meine Zuversicht
La Morte Meditata
Malinche in the Forest
Morning Star
Musica Badia
Noël Nouvelet

Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland
Old Stone Church
Salmo 150 per Organo
Sonata d’Eglise
The Kingdom of Anxiety

Three New Mexico Sketches
Three Pieces (after Odilon Redon)
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her


Abó Chapel (14 bells and organ)
Children of the Resurrection
(14 bells)
Christmas Carol Fantasy
(9 bells)
Ember Days (8 bells)
I am the Way
(13 bells)
Little Toccata (8 bells)
(12 bells)
Oration for Bells 
(23 bells for six ringers)
Psalm 150 for Bells 
(12 bells)
(13 bells)
Six Preludes (8 bells & organ), bk. I
(Advent, Christmas, Epiphany)
Six Preludes (8 bells & organ), bk. II
(Lent, Easter, Pentecost)
Simply in D Minor (22 bells)
Simply in F Major (18 bells)
Temple Bells (8 bells)
Two Copper Coins (10 bells)
There is a River (22 bells)
Uriel the Archangel (oboe & 8 bells)
Variations on ‘Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming’
(26 bells)
Veni Emmanuel
(15 bells)


A Christmas Carol
(text by G. K. Chesterton)
Soprano (or tenor) & Organ

Agnus Dei
(text in Latin from the Roman Mass)
Soprano & Organ (or chamber ensemble)

In Paradisum
(text from the Missa pro Defunctis)
Mezzo-Soprano & Organ

O Love Divine
(text by Charles Wesley)
Voice & Organ

(text by Hart Crane)
Baritone & Piano


Augustine and the Seashell
String Trio (violin, viola, cello) & Organ

Grendel’s Soliloquy
Violin Solo & Organ

Quaraí Chapel
String Orchestra & Organ

Horn in F & Organ

Septem Verba
(The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross)
Violin Solo & Organ

Tudeley Windows
B Flat Clarinet & Piano


A General Communion
(text by Alice Meynell)
SATB & Organ
Anthem for All Saints or general use

Art Thou Weary?
(text by John Mason Neale)
SAB & Piano
Anthem for Lent

Blest Be the Tie That Binds
(text by John Fawcett)
SAB & Organ
Anthem for general use

Bosque Songs, Book 1
(text by Hazel Hall)
Mixed Voices (in three parts) & piano
Especially for Middle School Choirs

Bosque Songs, Book 2
(text by Elinor Wylie, Louise Moulton, Sophie Jewett)
Treble Voices (two-part), Solo Violin & Piano
Especially for Middle School Choirs

Bosque Songs, Book 3
(text by Emily Dickinson)
SATB, String Trio & Piano
Especially for High School Choirs

Come, Lord Jesus, Prince of Peace
(text by Barbara Davis Pyles)
Unison (opt. 2 part) & Piano
Anthem for Advent

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
(text by Charles Wesley)
Based on Southern Harmony tune ‘Jefferson’
SATB & Piano
Anthem for Advent

Down He Came From Up
(text by Luci Shaw)
SATB, Violin Solo & Organ
Anthem for Christmas

Four Introits for Advent
(various seasonal texts)
SATB & Organ
Suitable for the four Sundays in Advent

God is a Gallant Foe
(text by Ezra Pound)
SATB (div) & Wind Quintet
Concert Work

Hosanna Blessing Triumph Honor
(text by Luci Shaw)
SATB, unaccompanied
Motet for Palm Sunday

Iesus et Maria
(text by Eva Gore-Booth)
SATB & Violin Solo
Anthem for Epiphany

In the Beginning-Breath
(text by Ian Davie)
SATB (div.) & Organ
Anthem for Pentecost

Many Waters
(text by Algernon Charles Swinburne)
SATB, unaccompanied
Anthem for general use or weddings

Never Weather-Beaten Saile
(text by Thomas Campion)
SAB, & Organ
Anthem especially appropriate for All Saints or All Souls Day and memorials

O Love Divine
(text by Charles Wesley)
Unison & Organ
Anthem for Lent, or general use

O Magnum Mysterium
(text from the Latin Matins for Christmas)
Treble Voices & Organ
Anthem for Christmas

Star Song
(text by Luci Shaw)
SATB & Organ
Anthem for Epiphany

Te Deum
(text from the Latin, and from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman)
SSATBB and Tenor Solo, unaccompanied
Anthem for general use

(text from St. Matthew 6:19-21)
SAB & Piano
Anthem for Lent, and especially Ash Wednesday

Two Turtle Songs
(text from Aesop’s Fables (Tortoise and the Hare & Tortoise and the Eagle), adapted in English by the composer)
SATB & Piano
Secular Choral music for schools, universities, or community choruses

Unto Us a Son is Given
(text by Alice Meynell)
SATB, unaccompanied
Anthem for Christmas

Vision of Isaiah
(text by Eva Gore-Booth)
SAB & Piano
Anthem for Epiphany

Who is Wise Among You?
(text from the Letter of James)
SATB, unaccompanied
Lectionary 25 B, or general use


Chamber Opera
(libretto after a play by Maurice Maeterlinck)
Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Baritone soli and Piano
(a string orchestra accompaniment is available)

John the Baptist
Church Opera
(libretto by the composer adapted from scripture and other historical sources)
SATB soli, Chorus & Organ