Christopher Marshall (born 1956, in Paris, France) is an American composer.
Although born in France, Marshall was raised in New Zealand and spent his formative years there. He received his early music education in New South Wales, Australia, and then in Wellington NZ, and holds a Master's degree in music with honours but is self taught as a composer. Among this strongest influences are the 19th century Romantic composers, along with such modern figures as John Corigliano, John Tavener, John Adams and Arvo Pärt.
Many diverse influences can be heard in Christopher Marshall’s work. However its foundation lies in his belief that music is primarily a means of expressive communication with the listener. Some of his works also incorporate aspects of Maori chant and other Polynesian music.
Highlights of his career include his work as composer in residence under a Fulbright Scholarship at the Eastman School of Music and his two-year tenure of the Mozart Fellowship at the University of Otago in Dunedin, NZ. Marshall has been active writing primarily for choir and wind band for the last few years and his works have been performed throughout Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to taking up these positions he spent three years teaching and composing in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa, and for ten years prior to that taught English to Indochinese refugees in Auckland, NZ.
Mr. Marshall is currently Composer-in-Residence at the University of Central Florida.
Works for Winds
- Alafaya (2019)
- The Audacity of Hope (2008)
- L'homme armé (2003)
- Light (2010)
- Méndez (2015)
- Pulse (2020)
- Rust Belt (2017)
- U Trau