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R. Christopher Teichler

Composer / Fort Worth, TX
Member since November 2018
Hello! I write music that I hope will engage with a broad range of listeners. I've written works for everything ranging from middle school band through professional symphony. I've written more choral music than for any other genre, for church choirs as well as college/university ensembles. My music is mostly self-published, but I also have works available from Alfred, Kjos, Lorenz, BRS Music and Pelican Music. Something I pride myself on is that while I am a musical artist, I'm also a regular guy. I will happily discuss classical music one minute and baseball/football the next! For more info on me and my music, you can visit my website: christeichler (dot) com. Thanks!

My Style

I've been told by others that they hear several influences on my work: Stravinsky, Debussy, Copland, Hindemith, Bartok, Vaughan Williams , John Adams, John Williams and Thomas Newman. I want my music to be artistic and approachable, and I find my greatest inspiration in composers that do the same.

Active Projects

Faith and Doubt (Working Title)

SATB, Vocal Soloists, Chamber Orchestra (TBD)
4 · Medium Difficult
20-30 minutes
This new large-scale sacred work will be scored for SATB, 2-3 vocal soloists, chamber orchestra (approx 20 players; single winds, piano, strings, specifics TBD). The theme of the poems reflect on the nature of faith and doubt. 5 poems by different poets follow one another to form a continuous narrative, beginning with questioning what we can know to be reality and continuing through how faith can fit in to that.
25 spots left
release date
Jan. 4th 2021
$1,000 / ensemble
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"I Know That My Redeemer Lives," Easter 2020 Choir Anthem

SATB, Organ, Brass Quartet (2Tpt, 2Tbn), Timpani
4 · Medium Difficult
3-5 minutes
This choral anthem will use the hymn "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" by Samuel Medley (1775) and the tune DUKE STREET. The intended function is that of an Easter service opening, with brass fanfares and a celebratory mood throughout. The ideal fit would be with traditional and litugical services.
10 spots left
release date
Jan. 13th 2020
$200 / ensemble
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"Sussex Carol," Christmas 2019 Choir Anthem

SATB with Piano
3 · Medium
3-4 minutes
Anthem will be an arrangement SUSSEX CAROL. The anthem will be intended for church choirs so the text will be sacred. SATB voicing; scoring will include unison, 2-part (SA & TB) and 4-part.
FUNDED
release date
Aug. 31st 2019
$100 / ensemble
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Featured Compositions

Listen to works by R. Christopher Teichler

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Love's Philosophy

SATB, Piano
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Reading the text suggested so many musical ideas, especially in terms of harmony and texture. The duple vs. triple piano accompaniment helps set a nebulous rhythmic feel without taking away a clear sense of pulse, suggesting the idea of being swept up in the feelings of love. The harmonies are rich and lush, which follows the rich imagery of the poetry. From the beginning of the piece, there is a continual move towards harmonic resolution, which never really arrives until the final measures of the piece, and then, only briefly.
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The Star-Spangled Banner

SATB
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Commissioned by the MidCities Chamber Singers, an ensemble out of Dallas-Fort Worth.
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The First Noel

SATB, Symphonic Band, Organ
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A dramatic setting highlighting the narrative of the text. I composed a new tune for the first 4 verses, and use the original tune in the final 2 verses. The piece has been used with staging for church and school performances. Side note: This is my most acclaimed work by performers and listeners.
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If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

SATB
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Text by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned by the MidCities Chamber Singers (D/FW, Texas)

Testimonials

Charles King
Jun 13, 2019
I am listening again to Chris's setting of the traditional carol, "The First Noel," which we have twice used at Trinity International University. Scored for SATB choir, symphonic band, organ, and audience, it is a leisurely, thoughtful, colorful build-up to a final stanza sung by the audience with full band and a brilliant choral accompaniment. On the way to the climactic ending the audience is drawn to the mystery and wonder inherent in the text (but too often bellowed through by drunken carolers!). The choral part is just challenging enough for a university choir--or a fine church choir--and always rewarding to sing. A joy every time I hear it.
Robert Pendergraft
Nov 11, 2018
I have had the privilege of working with Chris on two commissioned works. Chris brings creative musical ideas to rich texts allowing us to see the the texts in a new way. My choirs have enjoyed singing these imaginative pieces, and I look forward to what future collaborations may produce. Chris is a gifted composer and a pleasure to work with, I highly recommend his work to you as music of the finest quality.
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