Chris Gordon


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?'

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
A fascinating story of love, passion and music! It involves the composer, Johannes Brahms, the love of his life, Clara (Klara) Schumann, a virtuosa pianist since the age of 13 whose outstanding playing is known throughout Europe. Klara is the widow of composer, Robert Schumann, whose piano music she now champions and a mènage-à-trois consisting of opera diva Pauline Viardot-Garcìa, her husband, theatre impresario Louis Viardot, and Russian writer, bon-vivant and gambler, Ivan Turgenev.

The story centres on the (fictional) fiery love affair between Pauline and Johannes who meet in the Viardots' lavish villa in Lichtenthal, a small suburb of Baden-Baden, a fashionable watering-hole in Germany's Black Forest. Pauline and Klara have been friends since they were teenagers and Klara devotion to Johannes as a friend, as a musician has been an open secret since Klara's husband was confined to an asylum in February 1854 following an attempt to end his life by jumping into the Rhine from a bridge in Düsseldorf. It was Johannes who saved her from the certain prospect of a complete mental and physical breakdown by moving into the Schumanns' Düsseldorf home and plunging himself into the role of surrogate father to her 6 children. For this, he earns her eternal gratitude and her eternal love. Was their love ever be consummated? We can only imagine.

Now it is 1860—six years later. Johannes is on the verge of international fame and fortune as his wonderfully new, fresh musical thought begins to be heard and appreciated. Beautiful music has gushed from his pen like a magical fountain—then the fountain splutters and dies. Johannes is distraught beyond measure. Klara suggests that he rent a room near her summer cottage in Lichtenthal on the outskirts of Germany's fashionable 'watering hole', Baden-Baden which lies on the edge of the Black Forest. At first, Johannes objects to the idea but Klara insists, wheedles and begs and, by and by, Johannes agrees.

There follows a mystical time of sexual excesses, inspired music-making, glittering parties, sumptuous soirées and, in the midst of it all, Johannes creates the most spectacular, incredible chamber work he has ever written. Music of subtle colours and sinuous themes that weave around each other, creating harmonies which he cannot explain. To him, the music has been gifted directly from Heaven—from a host of angels!

And as this 'work of the angels' takes shape, Johannes and Pauline fall repeatedly into each other's arms to be sated of their passion for one another—time and time and time again.
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Apple iPad
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Where to find Chris Gordon online


The Wrong Ballet (A Fairy Story in Three Acts)
You set the price! Words: 13,050. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
A Parisian tale of love, desire and passion—all because of the sensational Ballets Russes' Rite of Spring!

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