Author Archive | Chris McMurtry

UnSung Creators

Unsung Creators – Part 1

Creativity – like human life – begins in darkness. – Julia Cameron Creating is hard. Scary. Exciting. It is a leap of faith. But… it is something creators must do. Because it is what they, as creators, were created to do. In Unsung Creators, Refinersfire will scour the inter-webs in search of new, exciting, challenging, […]

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New Release: Linton: Carmina Catulli

“Linton… responds to the poetry with music of an eclectic but coherent and distinctive style, contemporary but otherworldly…British baritone Edwin Crossley-Mercer, a highly intelligent and versatile artist, sings with apparent full comprehension of the Latin texts, and pulls out a broad array of vocal colorings to illuminate the vivid moods of these unusual songs. He […]

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Classical & Jazz Hit Hardest?

A month ago we put together an article that was essentially a re-posting of several other great articles about the effects of streaming on the working musician. It asked the question Has Music Become Too Cheap? At nearly 16 million streams for a single musician to make minimum wage, the answer is “yes”. Today we […]

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Daniel Shaw: Missa Brevis

Daniel Shaw: Missa Brevis

Refinersfire is proud to introduce Missa Brevis from composer, conductor, and choir director Daniel Shaw. The artistry of Mr. Shaw and The Composer’s Choir has been a featured element on several previous releases from Refinersfire, and it is a particular pleasure to present the unique and beautiful voice of his original compositions along side of […]

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Michael Linton: Antiphon for Good Friday

Linton: Antiphon For Good Friday

Composer Mike Linton lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and teaches freshman and sophomore level music theory at Middle Tennessee State University.   He is one of the founding members of Refinersfire.   Daniel Shaw is a conductor and composer and music teacher who specializes in small ensembles. He received degrees in music (B.A. Dartmouth College), choral conducting […]

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painting by Claudine Crossley-Mercer

Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960, Op. Posthumous

Franz Schubert’s Sonata in B-Flat Major, D. 960, was the composer’s last major composition for piano. Written in the autumn months of 1828 before the composer’s death on November 19 — only two months before his thirty-second birthday — the sonata lay unpublished for almost a decade (hence its traditional title, “opus posthumous”). Although initially […]

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McMurtry: Petitions


A while back a dear friend of mine, who is a baritone in a local choir, excitedly came to me with a request that went something like this: “I have found the most beautiful text. It is from the New Zealand Prayer Book. It would be great if you could set it to music.” Its […]

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