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Craig Phillips A Festival Song All Saints Beverly Hills
Craig Phillips: A Festival Song/All Saints Beverly Hills
Craig Phillips - A Festival Song - All Saints Beverly Hills - Thomas Foster
The Music of Craig Phillips
Craig Phillips, Organist
In addition to his work as a composer of religious music, Craig Phillips has composed a substantial number of works for organ as well as several chamber pieces scored for solo instruments with organ accompaniment.
is one of the most gifted, accomplisehd, and prolific composers, not only in AAM
, but also in the United States.
The liner includes Byron Adams' extended essay on Craig
, full texts, credits (including information about publishers), and candid photos.
is the latest in a long line of composers who were also gifted organists: from Duruflé to Tournemire to Franck, through Mendelssohn to J. S. Bach and beyond.
As an organist, Phillips
possesses an impeccable pedigree, for he
studied at the Eastman School of Music
with the legendary pedagogue Russell Saunders.
subsequent career as an organist has more than fulfilled the bright promise of his
is mostly self-taught as a composer, although his
theoretical knowledge, acquired at Eastman and in studies as an undergraduate, is remarkable in its depth and detail.
By going his
own way, Phillips
has eschewed the seductions of the musical fashions that have bedeviled composers over the last half-century.
Unencumbered by academic prejudice, supported by an expert grasp of music theory, and enlivened by a natural and prodigious musicality, Phillips
has quietly created a substantial oeuvre in a variety of genres, including music for chorus, orchestra, chamber music, vocal music and, of course, organ.
In the process of composing this body of work, Phillips
has created an individual style of considerable flexibility.
music is unambiguously tonal, although passages of rapid modulation occasionally obscure the presence of a definite key.
Like these composers, Phillips
uses a harmonic vocabulary consisting largely of enriched consonance.
use of dissonance is finely judged, for he
resorts to dissonance only when such chords are needed to create a heightened-usually climactic-intensity.
's harmonic idiom is often generated by the interplay of contrapuntal lines; unsurprisingly for an organist immersed in the music of J. S. Bach, Phillips is a naturally gifted contrapuntist.
The polyphony of his
music is suggestive of Fauré and Duruflé, in that the imitative lines are introduced with an unobtrusiveness that sometimes camouflages the composer's expertise.
Like these French masters, Phillips's formal procedures are poised and clear-there is never a bar too many or too few.
has a melodic gift that rides with memorable assurance upon a web spun of luscious harmony and lively counterpoint.
One of Phillips's
most powerful shorter choral works is Ride On in Majesty(2000), a setting of a poem by Henry Hart Milman inspired by events of Palm Sunday.
In addition to his work as a composer of religious music, Phillips has composed a substantial number of works for organ as well as several chamber music pieces scored for solo instruments with organ accompaniment.
The Serenade for horn and organ (2001) demonstrates Phillips's understanding of instrumental character, for he
creates warm melodies that perfectly suit the horn's noble timbre.
The ingratiating Pastoralefor bassoon and organ(1999) has a gentle lilt that reflects one of the quieter facets of Phillips's lapidary melodic style.
The Fanfare for Organ (2000) is an excellent example of the extroverted, ceremonial aspect of Phillips's idiom.
Perhaps the most poignant of Phillips's more introverted works is A Song Without Words for violoncello and organ (2002); written as an elegy for his brother, this music articulates what the poet William Wordsworth once termed "thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears."
One of Phillips's
most expansive scores is his
A Festival Song for soprano and baritone soli, chorus, and orchestra (1998).
Using a redaction (prepared by Byron Adams) of Walt Whitman's poem "Proud Music of the Storm" drawn from the American poet's monumental collection Leaves of Grass, Phillips
explores such timeless themes as the nature of dreams and mortality, the mystery of artistic creation, and the enduring influence of nature upon the poetic imagination.
(b.1961) is a distinguished and popular American composer and organist.
holds the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music
, Rochester, New York, where he
studied with the great pedagogue Russell Saunders.
His early studies were at the Blair School of Music in Nashville, and at Oklahoma Baptist University, where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree.
In July 2002, Dr. Phillips
was featured as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance of his
Concertino for organ and orchestraduring the National Convention
of the American Guild of Organists
has also appeared as soloist with members of the Eastman Philharmonia, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and Musica Angelica at the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival.
has appeared as soloist at regional conventions of the AGO
and at various venues across the United States.
has distinguished himself in a number of competitions, including first prize recipient in the 1994 Clarence Mader Competition for organ composition, and as finalist in the Mader National Organ-Playing Competition in 1991 and the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing Competition in 1986.
is increasingly in demand as a composer.
has been awarded commissions from such organizations as The American Guild of Organists
(for the National Convention
in Seattle, 2000, and for regional conventions in San Diego and Binghamton, 2001), The Association of Anglican Musicians
, The Chamber Orchestra
at St. Matthew's (Pacific Palisades, CA), CoroAllegro of Wilmington, Delaware, the University of California at Riverside
, the duo-organ team The Chenaults, Washington National Cathedral
, and many other churches and cathedrals.
secular works include a Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra, Concerto for Bassoon and Strings, A Festival Song for chorus and orchestra, a song cycle for soprano and orchestra titled Songs of the Unknown Region, Suite for Organ, Brass Quintet and Percussion, two sonatas for organ, and a number of other chamber works.
works have received critical acclaim in journals such as Clavier, The American Organist, Cross Accent, and The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians
,and have been broadcast on National Public Radio's Pipedreams.
has received numerous ASCAP awards, andin 1993 he
was the recipient of a Meet the Composer grant for a work premiered at the Ojai Festival.
organ and choral works are published by a number of firms.
Dr. Phillips presently serves as organist and music associate at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills.
has accompanied the semi-professional choir of that church on several concert tours, and been featured with them on compact discs released by Gothic Records.
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Craig Phillips is the Music Associate at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, Calif.
maintains an active concert schedule, and has appeared as soloist with members of the Eastman Philharmonia, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, and the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival.
has been a finalist in several organ playing competitions.
Phillips is a noted composer, having received numerous commissions, including those from the National Cathedral, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the University of California, Riverside, the duo-organ team The Chenaults, and Episcopal cathedrals in Buffalo, Portland, and Atlanta.
has written both choral and organ pieces, including several of each published by Selah
Phillips was born in Louisville, Kent., in 1961.
received a B.M. from Oklahoma Baptist University
, and a M.M. and D.M.A. and the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music
, Rochester, N.Y., where he
studied with the late Russell Saunders.
A Festival Song: The Music of Craig Phillips
(All Saints Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills, California, Tom Foster Conductor)
There's a Voice in the Wilderness Crying (Craig Phillips, Two-pt., kybd., 422-903, Easy)
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (Craig Phillips, SAB, organ, 2 tpts./kybd., opt. timp., opt. cong., 425-888, Mod. easy)
The Beatitudes (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 410-516, Mod. diff.)
Benedictus Dominus Deus (Song of Zechariah) (Craig Phillips, SATB and organ, 410-887, Difficult)
New! Breathe on Me, Breath of God (Craig Phillips, SATB a cappella, 405-605, Mod. easy)
Keep Watch, Dear Lord (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 420-526, Mod. diff.)
Most High, Omnipotent, Good Lord (Craig Phillips, SATB and organ, 410-629, Mod. diff.)
Rejoice and Exult (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 405-148, Mod. diff.)
New!Restore in Us, O God (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 410-325, Mod. diff.)
New!Sing to the Lord-Psalm 98 (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, opt. children's choir, 410-899, Mod. diff.)
Surely It Is God Who Saves Me (Craig Phillips, SATB a cappella, 410-844, Mod. diff.)
Transfiguration (Phillips, SATB, organ, 405-390)
A True Hymn (Craig Phillips, SATB, organ, 418-624, Mod. difficult)
New! Phillips Hymn Arrangements (Craig Phillips, Moderately difficult)
Dies Gratiae: Requiem Reflections(Craig Phillips, 440-90x, Difficult)
New! Archangel Suite (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-870, Mod. diff.)
Fanfare for organ solo (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-640, Mod. difficult)
New! Fantasia: A Languedoc Landscape - Tone Poem for Organ, Brass quintet, and Timpani (Craig Phillips, 160-910, Mod.
Fantasia on Sine Nomine (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-676, Mod. diff.)
Fantasy Toccata (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-858, Difficult)
New! Fugue on the Carillon d'Alet (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-852, Mod. diff.)
Glad Praises We Sing (Phillips, organ solo, 160-814)
Joy to the World: Three Preludes for Christmas (Phillips, 160-815)
March for Trumpet and Organ (Phillips, 160-970, organ and tpt., Mod. diff.)
Night Song for Oboe and Organ or Harpsichord (Craig Phillips, Oboe and keybd., 160-930, Mod. diff.)
Partita on Veni Creator (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-440, Mod. difficult)
Pastorale and Dance for Organ and Bassoon (Craig Phillips, organ and bassoon, 160-975, Mod. difficult)
Phillips: 25 Harmonizations and Descants (Craig Phillips, organ collection, 160-731, Mod. easy)
Prelude & Exultation for Organ, Brass Quintet, and Percussion (Craig Phillips, 160-985, Diff.)
Psalm Prelude (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-875, Mod. diff.)
New! Rhapsody for Organ (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-830, Difficult)
Scenes from a Gallery (Craig Phillips, organ, flute, violin, 160-900, Mod. diff.)
Ss. Simon & Jude Organ Book (Daniels, Erickson, Farrell, Fedak, Phillips
, Proulx, 160-615, Mod.
Sojourn for Organ and Wind Ensemble (Craig Phillips, 160-941, Difficult)
Suite Breve (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-609, Mod. diff.)
Suite for Organ and Brass Quintet and Percussion (Craig Phillips, organ and brass, 160-981, Mod. difficult)
Three Sketches (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-812, Mod. diff.)
Toccata on How Firm a Foundation (Craig Phillips, 160-655, Mod. difficult)
Toccata on Hyfrydol (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-675, Mod. diff.)
Tribute (Craig Phillips, organ solo, 160-682, Mod. easy)
Fill the World with Loudest Praise
Craig Phillips [6:01]
8---Just As I Am arr.
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken (Craig Phillips, SAB, organ, 2 tpts./kybd., opt. timp., opt. cong., 425-888, Mod. easy) (Tune: AUSTRIA)
In a similar spirit, Craig Phillips'
SAB setting of "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken" (AUSTRIAN HYMN) with brass, timpani, and organ manages to avoid the Teutonic bombast which are so often clothes (and smothers!) this tune.
There are also moments of intimacy and reflection in this first-class hymn anthem.
Phillips is the Music Associate at All Saints Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, California.
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