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Hashkivenu (SATTBB, a cappella)

A setting of the traditional prayer in Hebrew and English for SATTBB, a cappella, with Tenor solo (2003), ca. 3’20”. Commissioned as part of a Faith Partners Residency, sponsored by the American Composers Forum and the Wolfensohn Family Foundation. Premiered

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El Paso de la Siguiriya

I just received a recording from the Milwaukee Choral Artists‘ February 14 performance, directed by Sharon Hansen, of my El Paso de la Siguiriya, a flamenco-inflected setting for women’s voices of the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca. Here’s an MP3.

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El Paso de la Siguiriya (Women’s Vocal Ensemble)

Federico Garcia Lorca, text. SSAA with Mezzo-Soprano soloist (2007), ca. 7′ Commissioned by Putni, Antra Dreģe, director, with funds from the Latvian Culture Capital Fund. Premiere in Riga October 7, 2007 at the Latvian History Museum in Riga. El_Paso_De_La_Siguiriya Live

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Lux Aeterna (SATB divisi, a cappella)

Sacred Latin text, SATB divisi, a cappella (2008) ca. 7’30” Commissioned and premiered by Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Thomas Cunningham, director. Purchase PDFs of the score for your choir via PayPal: Amount of copies 1 examination copy $1.50 USD10-15 copies $15.00

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Die Freudenkrone: Ehrerbietung zu J.S. Bach (Organ, Timpani, SATB Choir)

Organ, Timpani and SATB Choir (2007) ca. 11’ Commissioned by the City of Liepāja for organist Lotars Džeriņš to premiere at the VI International Organ Music Festival in Liepāja, Latvia. Premiered September 8, 2007. With Normunds Everts, Timpani and the

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The Whole World Was Listening (SATB a cappella, with Soprano and Tenor soloists, off-stage quartet, more)

Soprano and Tenor soloists, off-stage SATB quartet, SATB choir divisi, a cappella, with or without bass drum and including aleatoric elements (2007) ca. 7’ Carl Sandburg, Text. Premiered and commissioned by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, Tom Cunningham, director, as part

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Aijā, ŽūŽū (SAB with Soprano solo and piano accompaniment)

SAB with soprano solo and piano accompaniment (2006) ca. 3’30″ Arrangement of two Latvian lullabies. Premiered July 2006, at the VII International Festival for Young Latvian Musicians, Ogre, Latvia. Listen to the premiere (put together in two short rehearsals): 01-aija-zuzu.mp3

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The Moon of the Floating World (Women’s Chorus)

Women’s voices divisi into 8 parts, a cappella (2004) ca. 4’45” Ihara Saikaku, Text. Premiered by Putni, Antra Drege, Director, in Riga, Latvia, and taken on their American Tour, fall 2006. Listen to an MP3 of a live performance by

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Anna Akhmatova, Text. SATB a cappella (2004) ca. 3’ Premiered by San Francisco Choral Artists, Magen Solomon, director. Listen to a recording of the Cantilena Chamber Choir, Andrea Goodman, director: Rekviem (Audio) target=”blank” Purchase a PDF of the score for

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Lines for Winter (SATB with piano accompaniment)

Text by Mark Strand for SATB with piano (2001, rev. 2005) ca. 5’30” Commissioned as part of the Dale Warland Singers’ New Choral Music Commissioning Program, with major funding provided by the Jerome Foundation and additional support from the Alice

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Instant Audio

Most pieces can be auditioned on their post pages. But you can sample some audio here.

Quick Bio

CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

Read more in the biography section.