R. Christopher Teichler, Composer

String Orchestra, 2012 $50

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A driving, rhythmic piece for string orchestra. (Grade 3/4)

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Orchestra, 2009 $80

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To put it succinctly, Crossover is a “band piece for orchestra." I took many of the expectations that I associate with new band music (such as mixed meter, a strong tonal center, syncopated and aggressive rhythms and prominent melodies) and put them into an orchestral context. To me, the result is something that is very reminiscent of film music, which makes me wonder if many of todays band composers are displaced film composers!

3[1.2.pic] 2 2 2 - 4 3 3 1 - Timp + 2[Xyl, Vib, Marim, Crash, Tri, BD] Strings

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String Orchestra, 1999

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The subtitle of this piece is "For a Childhood Hero." I composed this in the few days immediately following the death of one of my childhood idols. His death seemed sudden, shocking, and impossible. Even though this was someone I had never met, it felt like someone close to me died. I also felt compelled to write some sort of musical response to this for two reasons: I had never written a piece as a memorial, and I felt it was the best way to express my grief. This is the most romantic piece I've ever written. I took complete advantage of the lush nature of string in every facet of this piece. The melodies feature a lot of large leaps and some poignant dissonance; the harmonies are at times open and lush, and very tight and grating. At first, the piece seems directionless, going through various levels of intensities. Ultimately ending with an optimistic tone, in celebration of a life well-lived.

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String Orchestra, 2006 $40

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This piece is based on the hymn tune BEACH SPRING. I "through composed" this setting, trying to do as much as I could with fragments of the tune to generate musical material. The tune is stated completely only at the very beginning, then the development process begins. This piece is dedicated to Mr. Will Burck and the Waubonsie Valley High School Gold Campus Concert Orchestras.

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String Orchestra, 2009

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RESIGNATION is a traditional American hymn-tune, most commonly associated with the Isaac Watts text "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need." This piece is published by BRS Music.

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String Orchestra, 2007 $50

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This piece was commissioned by the Illinois Prairie School District (Aurora, Naperville) to honor the legacy of Mr. Howard Crouse, Superintendent of the district. The piece was to celebrate what he has done for the districts arts programs, as well as say a bittersweet goodbye.

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String Orchestra, 2008

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"Liv" Forever was commissioned by Mrs. Dawn Pakkebier and the Still Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra (Aurora, IL) and the Indian Prairie Education Foundation, in memory of Olivia Campanaro, a student of the orchestra who tragically died in a car accident along with her father. I met with the orchestra students at Still Middle School several times to talk about their friend, Liv, and get their impressions of what the piece written in her memory should be. It was clear that they wanted a piece that would celebrate her life and who she was. I learned from her friends that Liv was a very friendly, outgoing, and energetic person. They did not want a “sad song" for her, but rather something that would reflect these attributes of her personality. Liv was a viola player, and the piece opens with a very simple melody in the violas. The cello section symbolizes Liv's father, enters to play a duet with the violas. I am extremely honored to have been asked to write this piece and it is my hope that it will indeed help Olivia Campanaro “live forever."

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String Orchestra, 2014

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Orchestra, 2004

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Originally composed for a wedding, Promenade (the French word for "walk") was the bridal party processional. I wanted the bridesmaids to feel like royalty as they walked in, while still implying a feel of modesty and purity. This recording is from the 2010 Midwest Clinic, where the piece was performed by the Cinco Ranch High School Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Ray Jones.

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String Orchestra, 1999; rev. 2005

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This piece is in three movements: I. PASSACAGLIA, II. BALLAD, III. WALTZ. Originally written for string quintet, I decided to expand it for string orchestra. I felt that it needed a broader and richer sound than the 5 instruments alone could provide. I. PASSACAGLIA - The celli and basses introduce the repeated line, and it finds its way into all of the string parts throughout the movement. II. BALLAD - This movement opens with a swelling harmonic figure which occurs in different string combinations throughout the movement. The melody in this movement is a rich, romantic tune with hints of jazz. III. WALTZ - Before composing this movement, I had an image in my head of a well-dressed couple stoically dancing a waltz. There is a consistent "oom-pah-pah" feel throughout and a recurring homage to Tchaikovsky. There is a more intense rhythmic and syncopated feel than is found in most waltzes, and a more aggressive, yet still tonal, harmonic language.

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