Commissions

Frederick Frahm is available for commission work and would be happy to discuss your project with you at your convenience.  Be advised that new music takes time to write and prepare for performance so please plan accordingly.  For an idea of how a commission for new music works, The American Composers Forum has an excellent guide to the process of collaborating with a composer or arranger.

Recent commissions

As of Fire (2009)
inspired by a poem of Catherine Walsh
a concert work for symphonic organ
9″ in duration
commissioned by Catherine Walsh
published in New York by Zimbel Press
premiered at Blackburn Cathedral (UK) by Robin Walker in 2009

Melencolia (2009)
for string orchestra
inspired by the Albrecht Dürer woodcut (1513)
6″ in duration
commissioned by Eric Walters
premiered by the Rio Rancho High School Orchestra

Indian Earth (2009)
inspired by a poem of Witter Bynner
a chamber work in three movements for organ and winds
10″ in duration
commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, Albuquerque chapter
Published in Paris by Fabrique Musicale
first performance at the 2009 AGO Region VII convention

The Hand (2009)
based on a melody by Ella Jaz Kirk
for chamber orchestra
3″ in duration
commissioned by the Hey Mozart! New Mexico Child Composer Project
first performance in Albuquerque, NM, Fall 2009

Dark Light (2009)
setting of a poem by Catherine Walsh
for choir & organ
7″ in duration
commissioned by the poet

Advent (2009)
setting of a poem by Catherine Walsh
for voice and chamber ensemble (strings and organ)
4″ in duration
commissioned by the poet

Una Danza de Amor (2010)
a chamber opera based on the life of Juanita (Jennie) Garcia
for mezzo soprano solo, chorus and chamber ensemble (piano trio)
15″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Lifesongs Project

Bright Angel Path (2010)
a cantata based on the life of Alice Van Baack
for soprano solo, chorus and piano
8″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Lifesongs Project

Woodward Avenue (2011)
a cantata based on the life of Thomas Florence
for tenor solo, chorus, cello and piano
5″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Lifesongs Project

Across the Lake (2011)
a song cycle in four parts based on the life of Lee Davidson
for soprano solo and piano
6″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Lifesongs Project

How Lovely Are Your Dwellings (2011)
a setting of Psalm 84 based on the New Zealand Prayer Book
for soprano solo, oboe and organ
8″ in duration
commissioned as an anniversary celebration

Septem Verba (2011)
Incidental music based on the Last Words of Jesus Upon the Cross
for violin and organ
18″ in duration
commissioned for performance on Good Friday, 2011

Spaces of Night (2011)
a song cycle in seven parts based on poems by Stephen Crane
for mezzo-soprano solo, organ, and string orchestra
18″ in duration
commissioned by the Albuquerque Chapter AGO

Holy Communion (2012)
a festival setting of the Holy Communion liturgy
for choir and congregation, brass V, timpani, and organ
includes a Kyrie eleison, ‘This is the Feast’, Alleluia Verse, Sanctus, Offertory, Agnus dei
commissioned by the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Albuquerque

Don Tediato (2012)
an orchestral piece inspired by Noches Lugubres (Cadalso)
for violin, viola, and cello soli, and string orchestra
6″ in duration
commissioned by the Bosque School Orchestra, Albuquerque

Sarabande (2013)
in celebration of the 25th anniversary of ordination of the Reverend Elizabeth Purdum
for oboe and piano
3″ in duration
commissioned by the parish of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Albuquerque

i carry you in my heart (2013)
a setting for the 2014 Spring Opera Tour presentation of “True North”
for solo quartet and piano
5″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company

Wolfie-Smokey Mashup (2014)
a setting for the 2014 Spring Opera Tour presentation of “True North”
for two sopranos and piano
3″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company

Firehead (2014)
a festive postlude for the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music
for organ solo
4″ in duration
commissioned by Robin Walker

Psalm 150 (2014)
a festive voluntary for the 100th anniversary of the Tamburini Organ, The Church of the Cavalieri, Pisa, Italy
for organ solo
5″ in duration
commissioned by Riccardo Gnudi

Ghost Canyon Quartet (2014)
a chamber piece in memory of Dick and Irma Schuler
for string quartet (2 violins, viola, and cello)
8″ in duration
commissioned by Alison Schuler

The Podium (2015)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Roswell, NM
Opera Storytellers
for piano solo
15″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

Mermoiselle: a ‘Swampera’ (2015)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Las Cruces, NM
Opera Storytellers
for piano solo
15″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

O Christ the Same (2015)
an anthem in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Epiphany Lutheran Church, Conyers, GA
for SATB, clarinet, bassoon, and piano
5″ in duration
Text by Timothy Dudley-Smith

Lost in Sound (2015)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Rio Rancho, NM
for piano solo
15″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

Colorfast (2016)
incidental music for a chamber opera in Albuquerque, NM
Eubank Elementary School
for piano solo
11″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

The Dragon Pot (2016)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Rio Rancho, NM
Martin Luther King Elementary School
for piano solo
9″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

Norma’s Adventure (2016)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Rio Rancho, NM
Vista Grande Elementary School
for piano solo
8″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

Jim Benedict (2016)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Roswell, NM
Opera Storytellers
for piano solo
20″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

O Night (2016)
a concert work for Native American Flute & organ
5″ in duration
commissioned by Jared Isaac Aragón

Lost (2016)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Rio Rancho, NM
Rio Rancho Middle School
for piano solo
8″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

Bosque Songs (2017)
9 choral settings in three books for middle and high school choirs
texts by Hazel Hall (book 1)
texts by Elinor Wylie, Louise Chandler Moulton, Sophie Jewett (book 2)
texts by Emily Dickinson (book 3)
for mixed voices and piano
30″ in duration complete
commissioned by the Bosque School, Albuquerque

Agnus Dei (2017)
concert aria for organ and voice based on a Latin text from the Roman Mass
5″ in duration
commissioned by the Festa della Cultura, San Giovanni Battista, Florence

Long Lost Sisters (2017)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Rio Rancho, NM
Sandia Vista Elementary School
for piano solo
8″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

Fox in Space (2017)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Rio Rancho, NM
Cielo Azul Elementary School
for piano solo
8″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

The Golden Mansion (2017)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Española, NM
Ted E. Quintana Elementary School (Sombrillo)
for piano solo
8″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

Fireball (2017)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Española, NM
Ted E. Quintana Elementary School (Sombrillo)
for piano solo
8″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project

The Secret Ingredient (2017)
incidental music for a children’s opera in Santa Fe, NM
Opera Storytellers Summer Camp
for piano solo
20″ in duration
commissioned by the Santa Fe Opera Company ALTO project