R. Christopher Teichler
/ Newton, KS
Member since November 2018
Chris has completed 2
projects with Consortio
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!
People 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.
Listen to works by R. Christopher Teichler
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.
The Star-Spangled Banner
Commissioned by the MidCities Chamber Singers, an ensemble out of Dallas-Fort Worth.
The First Noel
SATB, Symphonic Band, Organ
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.
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
Text by Emily Dickinson. Commissioned by the MidCities Chamber Singers (D/FW, Texas)
Grade 2. Commissioned by Blackhawk Middle School (Bensenville, IL ), Mr. William Winters, director.