Agnus Dei, essentially a trio, presents a profound symbolism: the part of the organ (or possibly piano) with a series of intense obstinate steps, creates a frame as a constant prayer of the Church. The long and melancholic vocal lines, not as strict as the stubborn ones, stand out like sweet melodies sung for us by angels. The concluding petition interrupts the expressive initial chromaticism to radiate a sense of peace and hope on all of Creation.The tail is not a resonant agreement, but a simple and delicate resolution, like a sense of trust that prayers will be answered.
Frederick Frahm, an American, is a church composer, organist, publisher, teacher and musician. His music is widely performed both in the United States and in Europe and his catalog includes compositions of various kinds: organ music, piano, chamber music, opera, sacred cantatas, choral music, concerts and symphonies. Graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1993, he obtained the Diplomas in Sacred Music and Organ. His first studies in composition were with Gregory Youtz, Gary Smart, Walter Pelz and Roger Briggs. In recent years he has held the position of Organist and Music Director at the Lutheran Church of S.Luke in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico. At the moment he works as a teacher in the ALTO project of the Santa Fe Opera, where he offers the students the chance to try out experiences of musical creation. Frahm is a founding member and publisher of the Firehead Editions house in London. For more information and a more detailed curriculum, photos, sheet music, recordings and recent commissions you can visit the composer's website: www.frederickfrahm.com
The London-based Firehead Editions music house was founded in 2015 by Frederick Frahm, Huw Morgan and Nicholas Wibberley. The collective of American and British artists who are part of it is united by the interest in the choral and organistic liturgical composition. The catalog of publications has expanded with organ concert pieces with other instruments and chamber music. The music published by Firehead Editions is characterized by the creativity and imagination of the composers and is regularly performed both in the United States and in Europe, often also in the great cathedrals. For more information visit www.fireheadeditions.com
Agnus Dei, essentially a trio, offers a deep symbolism: the keyboard part, a series of stubborn florid, establishes a framework to include the constant prayer of the church for all time; the expansive and mournful vocal lines, not defined by the rigor of the prayers below,The final petition breaks through the initial expressive chromaticism to the hope of a new peace for all of creation. A queue, not a resounding final note Frederick Frahm 2017
Frederick Frahm is an American composer, organist, publisher, teacher, and parish musician. His music is widely performed in many forms and keyboards and instrumental works, chamber music, opera and cantata, choral music, concert, and symphony. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University (1993), he earned degrees in Church Music and Organ Performance. Gregory Youtz, Gary Smart, Walter Pelz, and Roger Briggs, and he recently served as Principal Organist and Director of Music for St. Luke Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He presently works as a teaching artist for the Santa Fe Opera Company's ALTO project which offers creative learning experiences for local school children. Frahm is a Founding Creative Partner and Publisher for Firehead Editions of London. For more information, including photos, scores, records, and recent commissions visit his website at: www.frederickfrahm.com
Firehead Editions of London was founded in 2015 by Frederick Frahm, Huw Morgan, and Nicholas Wibberley. Is a group of like-minded artists who work for the church including choral music and organ works. The catalog has expanded to include major works for organ and instruments, handbells, and chamber music. The music represented by Firehead is distinguishable by its clear evidence of composer craft and imagination. Firehead compositions are heard regularly in the US and Europe, often in the grandest of cathedrals. Visit the website: www.fireheadeditions.com