Love Ballads cover design

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 August 27, 2017

Frederic's latest collection of songs, written over the last ten years, here in a beautiful edition. This is a preview of the cover design, available soon!

And here is a proof copy of the edition as it looks printed:

Upcoming performance: Marta Knörr, mezzosoprano and Aurelio Viribay, piano

March 26, 2017 at 7 PM

Fundación Canal, Madrid

Mezzosoprano Marta Knörr and pianist Aurelio Viribay will give the Spanish premiere of several of Frederic Sharaf's love ballads, including “Senseless Time” and “Waitin' Low,” and the world premiere of his “Café Formidable.” Mr. Viribay will open the evening's concert with a world premiere performance of Mr. Sharaf's new piano solo, “Make It Blue.”

The program also includes works by Poulenc, Barber, Weill, and Bolcom, all of which have the atmosphere of a cabaret performance.

Details and tickets

Past performances: String Quartet no. 4 “Mattinata Memoire”

August 18, 2016 at 7 PM

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Ellenville, NY

Hear Frederic Sharaf’s beautiful fourth string quartet, titled “Mattinata Memoire,” performed by the Ellenville Chamber Players, led by Marka Young (pictured at right), in upstate New York at the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ellenville.

The church is located at 40 Market St. Find directions by clicking on the map at right.

Sharaf's Guernica published by Carl Fischer

July 10, 2016

Frederic Sharaf's latest major work, Guernica, with a text by Carlos de Oliveira, translated by Alexis Levitin, has been published by Carl Fischer, and is available for sale now! Purchase your copy here.

The work is a stirring emotional reflection on the 1937 tragic bombing of the Basque town of the same name during the Spanish Civil War. Pablo Picasso famously depicted the devastation in a monumental antiwar painting, and Oliveira's text in turn describes Picasso's masterwork.

Sharaf's setting, for soprano, piano, and cello or guitar, evokes the sounds and feelings of Spain, the Basque country, and the massacre, and looks forward to a hopeful future for humanity.

Guernica was premiered by soprano Alesia Tringale, guitarist Jay Mobley, and pianist Tanya Shrago at a private concert at Fox Hill Village in Westwood, MA on May 22, 2016. Watch the performance on YouTube

Soprano Erin Nafziger sings Sharaf's Lowell settings

September 11, 2015

Soprano Erin Nafziger, accompanied by pianist Edwin Lawrence, sang Frederic Sharaf's Three Settings from Imitations by Robert Lowell  as part of  a Williams Chamber Players concert given at Williams College on September 11. Ms. Nafziger is Artist Associate in Voice and Co-Director of the Williams Opera Workshop and Mr. Lawrence is Artist Associate in Harpsichord, Piano and Organ and Instructor in Music at Williams College. Williams Chamber Players is an ensemble of faculty performers founded in 1999, and gives concerts for the student body and wider community at the college.

Listen to a recording of their interpretation of the settings here.

Other pieces on the program included Britten's Traditional Ballads, Ravel's  Introduction and allegro for harp, flute, clarinet, and string quartet, and Brahms' Piano Trio in C Major, op. 87. The concert was free and open to the public, and was performed in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall on the campus.

Bass-baritone David Ripley gives concert featuring Sharaf's works

April 4, 2015

University of New Hampshire voice professor David Ripley, bass-baritone, gave a concert on Sunday, January 25 featuring the works of Frederic Sharaf. The concert, entitled The Tree of Life, Music of Living American Composers, took place at 3 pm in Johnson Theater of the Paul Creative Arts Center, on UNH's Durham campus. Ripley was accompanied on piano by Elizabeth Blood. The performance included Sharaf's “Give Me Time to Pray for Peace” and “Three Settings from Imitations by Robert Lowell.” The concert was free and open to the public, and the composer was present.

David Ripley is perhaps most well-known for his recordings of the mélodies of Henri Duparc and Gabriel Fauré, but he is also a highly regarded champion of new music. He has given premiere performances of works by Malcolm Peyton, Peter Child, and Michael Carnes, as well as many other significant living composers. Read his biography here.

For more information on this exciting event, please visit the UNH event page here!

New works now in publication by Carl Fischer Music

October 13, 2014

Five new works by Frederic Sharaf are now available for purchase from his publisher, Carl Fischer Music.

The new publications include three piano solos, “Collaboration,” “Deux Petits Morceaux,” and “Fantaisie Chromatique,” as well as two vocal works, “The Anniversary” and “Give Me Time to Pray for Peace.” The former song sets a love poem by John Donne, while the latter is composed in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013. Sharaf and co-lyricist Sorcha Cribben-Merrill provide the text to this somber prayer. Both vocal works appear on the new album of Mr. Sharaf's music by Kara Cornell and Michael Clement. Purchase the album here!

Program notes and more information on all of the pieces may be found on the works section of this web site. Additionally, Sharaf's second string quartet is slated for publication in the coming weeks.

Performance scores of “Collaboration” and “Fantaisie Chromatique” are available directly from the publisher. Both vocal works, as well as “Deux Petits Morceaux,” may be purchased from Theodore Presser Company. Please see samples of the works at the right. Follow the links below to buy:

The Anniversary for mezzo-soprano and piano — purchase
Give Me Time to Pray for Peace for mezzo-soprano and piano — purchase
Deux Petits Morceaux for piano solo — purchase
Collaboration for piano solo — purchase
Fantaisie Chromatique for piano solo — purchase

Recital featuring the works Frederic Sharaf given in Albany, NY

July 12, 2014

Mezzo-soprano Kara Cornell gave a recital featuring the music of Frederic Sharaf at Emmanuel Baptist Church of Albany, NY, including world premieres of seven of his works.

Ms. Cornell is an avid supporter of new American music, and the music of local composers Steve Murray, Dean Coughtry, and Josh Rodriguez completed the program. Michael Clement accompanied Ms. Cornell on piano.

World premieres of Mr. Sharaf's music included “Give Me Time to Pray for Peace,” written in response to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, as well as “The Anniversary,” which sets a John Donne text, and five of his recent Love Songs.

Mr. Sharaf's works featured on the recital have been released on the album Someday Silk: The Music of Frederic Sharaf, available for purchase now through CD Baby! Preview and purchase the album here.

Read a preview of the recital on