"Kenneth Frazelle's music is rooted in the folk melodies of his native North Carolina. But like Bartok and Copland his work finally transcends its simple sources to become high art. His Sonata for Cello and Piano is by turn eloquent, meditative, soaring and evocative. 'The Motion of Stone'… is a profound reflection on gravestones and their wasting away in the passage of time. His setting for soloists, chorus, and chamber orchestra is sweeping and powerful, invoking the grandeur of the past."
– citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, upon presentation of the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship in 2000