These are videos of the Sul Ross State University Choir performing two of my pieces: the arrangement of “Duermete, Niño lindo” and my original composition, “Fair Iris I Love.” Sul Ross State University is a small regional institution that is predominantly Hispanic, located in Alpine, Far West Texas. The desert mountain terrain surrounding Alpine is very motivating for musical composition. I was director of choral activities and professor of voice at SRSU from 2005-2018, and appointed composer-in-residence in the fall of 2010.
"Duermete, Niño lindo"
arranged by Donald Callen Freed
Setting of New Mexico carol, performed by Concert Choir, Sul Ross State University
Donald Callen Freed, conductor, ca. December, 2016
"Rest Sweet Nymphs"
The English Renaissance provided a number of lute-songs which were also transcribed, often by the composer, into part-songs. “Rest, Sweet Nymphs” is one such piece by Francis Pilkington (1565-1638), who lived during the Elizabethan era and during the time of Shakespeare. Also a singer and church musician, he wrote mainly secular pieces, of which this is one of the most famous.
"Illuxit Nobis Hodie"
This Christmas piece contrasts a chant-based refrain in Latin with a largely homophonic section in English. Rich harmonies abound, as does subtle use of dissonance. Albert Alcaraz (b. 1978) is a Spanish-French singer, composer and conductor.
"Fair Iris I Love"
composed by Donald Callen Freed
A contemporary madrigal
performed by Concert Choir, Sul Ross State University,
Donald Callen Freed, conductor, ca. May, 2016.
Based on a poem by the composer, written upon viewing the marble sculpture Solidarity by Georges Minne (1866-1941), in the Cleveland Museum of Art. Just as music is “an art both temporal and fleeting,” we must ground ourselves on the rocking ocean of music, weathering the storm until we provide our own solid ground in the next millennium.
"In The Lord You Are Light"
“In the Lord You Are Light,” SAB anthem for Transfiguration, Epiphany, or General use. Sung by the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, Omaha, February 27, 2022. Mark Kurtz, Music Director.