Frederick Frahm

Frederick Frahm

Frederick Frahm in Santa Fe, 2012   Photo by Anne Staveley

Frederick Frahm was born November 8, 1964, in Hemet, California. A prolific composer, his catalog of compositions includes works for organ, choral music, chamber pieces, art song and song cycle, symphony and concerto, and extended works including operas and cantatas.

Frahm is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University where he earned degrees in Church Music and Organ Performance. He studied organ and counterpoint with David Dahl, Gregory Peterson, and Randall McCarty; composition with Gregory Youtz (PLU), Gary Smart (University of Wyoming), Walter Pelz (Concordia University, River Forest), and Roger Briggs (Western Washington University).

A significant portion of his extensive catalog of music (particularly church music) is in print and is represented worldwide by more than a dozen publishers. A collection of his early sketches, manuscripts, recordings and correspondence are archived in the Mortvedt Library at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA.

A professional church musician for more than 40 years, Frahm served parishes across the country including eight years at St. Paul Episcopal Church in Bellingham, WA and for ten years as Director of Music and Principal Organist at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, NM. He currently serves as the Parish Musician at St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Albuquerque.

He has contributed to the Bellingham Herald in Bellingham, WA as a classical music critic and served as an adjunct faculty member of Concordia University in River Forest, IL where he taught 16th century counterpoint, music appreciation, theory and composition, as well as orchestration.

As a publisher, he co-formed Firehead Editions and Firehead Organ Works, two transatlantic composer collectives which offer new music for organ, chorus, a variety of chamber ensembles, with composer and conductor Huw Morgan in London.

As an educator, Frahm currently works with Santa Fe Opera Company as a teaching artist and resident composer for their community-wide Active Learning through Opera program. In the course of a school term, students work together to create their own chamber operas (libretto, music, staging, and costuming) for public performances. This program works with elementary and middle school age children public school districts in Northern New Mexico.

A past Dean of the Albuquerque Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Frahm is in demand as a teacher and clinician (especially on the topics of hymn improvisation and service playing), and is a strong advocate for the creation of new music for organ.

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CHAMBER WORKS

4 panels in a gallery
Piano Quartet (violin, viola, cello & piano)

Early Sunday Morning, 1930
Oboe & Viola

La Morte Meditata
String Trio (violin, viola, cello)
(transcription of organ work)

Tre Cantici di San Giovanni Battista
Magnificat for Soprano
Piano/Vocal Score
Chamber Ensemble (violin, cello & continuo)

Benedictus for Baritone (and opt. unis. chorus)
Piano/Vocal Score
Chamber Ensemble (violin, cello & continuo)

Agnus Dei for Soprano (and opt. unis. chorus)
Piano/Vocal Score
Chamber Ensemble (violin, cello & continuo)

Purdum Sarabande
Oboe & Piano

Tudeley Windows
B Flat Clarinet & Piano

What the Moon Brings
Chamber Orchestra & Piano


CHORAL MUSIC

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

Four Marian Antiphons
(classic Latin texts)
Treble Voices & Piano (optional second part)
General seasonal use
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Ave Regina Cælorum
Regina Cæli
Salve Regina

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

I Sought the Lord
(anonymous text)
SATB & Organ
Anthem for general use

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

Michael Militant
(Gaelic text, translated by Alexander Carmichael)
SATB & Organ
Anthem for Michaelmas or Saints Days

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)
Trebles, Basses, & 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

Three Motets
(texts from the letters fo St. Paul)
SAB, unaccompanied
Reformation Day, Advent, Lent and Holy Week

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

Two Turtle Songs
(text from Aesop’s Fables, adapted in English by the composer)
The Tortoise and the Hare
The Tortoise and the Eagle
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 Advent
(see Wonder, Wisdom, Might, and Faith for an alternate setting)

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

Wonder, Wisdom, Might, and Faith
(text by Eva Gore-Booth)
Soprano Solo, opt. Treble Chorus (unison) & Organ
Anthem for Advent
(see Vision of Isaiah for an alternate setting)


HANDBELL PIECES

Abó Chapel (14 bells and organ)
Children of the Resurrection
(14 bells)
Ember Days (8 bells)
I am the Way
(13 bells)
Little Toccata (8 bells)
Mysterium Fidei (6 bells & organ)
Oration for Bells
(23 bells for six ringers)
Psalm 150 for Bells 
(12 bells)
Sarabande 
(13 bells)
Six Little Preludes (8 bells & organ)
Advent:Your People Long to Greet You, O Lord
Christmas:Good News of Great Joy
Epiphany:The Baptism of Christ
Lent:At The Desert’s Edge
Easter:This is the Day the Lord Has Made
Pentecost:The Spirit Intercedes For Us
Simply in D Minor (22 bells)
Simply in F Major (18 bells)
Temple Bells (8 bells)
Three Little Carols (9 bells)
“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
“In the Bleak Mid-Winter”
“Angels We Have Heard On High”
Two Copper Coins (10 bells)
There is a River (22 bells)
Uriel the Archangel (oboe & 8 bells)
Veni Emmanuel
(15 bells)


OPERA & ORATORIO

Fernando (chamber opera)
Interior (chamber opera)
John the Baptist (oratorio)
Watching (chamber opera)


SOLO SONGS

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

Adam Lay Y-Bounden
(Anonymous 15th century English text)
Baritone & Piano

Four Trees
(text by Emily Dickinson, #742)
Soprano (Tenor) & Piano

How Lovely is Your Dwelling Place
(text after Psalm 84)
Soprano, Oboe & Piano

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

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

Pastorale
(text by Hart Crane)
Baritone & Piano


For Frederick Frahm’s works for organ which include solos and chamber music,
we invite you to peruse his catalogue at Firehead Organ Works.