A talented composer, arranger and, more recently, writer of fiction who has been around the classical music scene for a long time. He is best known for his inventive, imaginative and beautifully written music for wind instruments published by Cool Wind Music. He has also written quite a few serious works including music for wind ensemble, saxophone ensemble, piano solo, two pianos, songs, choral works etc., etc. He orchestrated three early songs of Second Viennese School composer, Alban Berg, for Berg's publisher, Universal Edition. These songs originally formed part of the cycle of Berg's early songs which became the 'Seven Early Songs', orchestrated by Berg in 1928.
Chris turned to writing fiction following a dramatic life crisis which 'switched off' his composing ability for a time. In the absence of writing music, which previously had been as easy as breathing—if sometimes laboured breathing—he began to write stories. He discovered that all his composing knowledge and skill could be channelled into writing stories which often draw on musical themes of one sort or another. A good example of this is his novella, 'The Wrong Ballet'. Happily, the ability to write music has returned, albeit sporadically, and he is working on a set of piano variations. He has just finished writing music for chamber ensemble which 'goes with' his story of Pauline Viardot-Garcìa and Johannes Brahms, 'The Baden-Baden Idyll', which you can read about in the Smashwords Interview 'What are you working on next?'
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