Choral Works

italian choir

A selection of choral works by Frederick Frahm are featured on this page. Click on a thumbnail to see the first page of the score. Additional sample pages and recordings can be viewed at Firehead Editions by clicking on the work title. Marketplace information about many other published choral works can be found on the Publications page. For program notes and additional choral works, please contact the composer.

A General Communion

[SATB & organ]
text by Alice Meynell

I saw the throng, so deeply separate,
Fed at one only board—
The devout people, moved, intent, elate,
And the devoted Lord.

Iesu et Maria

[SATB & violin]
text by Eva Gore-Booth

Life’s wine was spent,
Life’s light burned low,
“They have no wine”, she cried
To Love at her side.

In the Beginning-Breath

[SATB & organ]
text by Ian Davie

In the beginning, breath,
darkness on darkness blown
into a dawn of leaves.

Many Waters

[SATB, a cappella]
text by Charles Algernon Swinburne

Many waters cannot quench love,
Neither can the floods drown it.
Who shall snare or slay the white dove
Faith, whose very dreams crown it,
Gird it round with grace and peace, deep,
Warm, and pure, and soft as sweet sleep?

Missa Brevis

[SATB & chamber orchestra]
text in Latin from the Roman Mass

I. Kyrie eleison
II. Gloria in excelsis
III. Sanctus & Benedictus
IV. Agnus Dei

Te Deum

[SSATBB, a cappella]
text from the Latin Hymn (St. Ambrose)  and Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass #48)

Why should I wish to see God better than on this day?
I see something of God each hour, and each moment then…

Two Turtle Songs 

[SATB & piano] 
text adapted by the composer from Aesop’s Fables (Tortoise & Hare, Tortoise & Eagle)

A tortoise, a hare, and a fox
A challenge, a race—
“Who can run as fast as the wind?”

“Behold the sky,
Where eagles fly…”

Unto Us a Son is Given

[SATB, a cappella]
text by Alice Meynell

Given, not lent,
And not withdrawn—once sent,
This Infant of mankind, this One,
Is still the little welcome Son.

Who is Wise Among You?

[SATB, a cappella]
text from the Letter of James

Who is wise among you?
Let your works be done
with gentleness born of wisdom.