Christmastide

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Christmastide 2016-12-24T17:40:48+00:00

Project Description

Composer’s Note

Scored for SATB choir, this setting of Mary C. Shafer’s poem, “Christmastide” was commissioned in 2015 by Acappellago, a choir based in the western suburbs of Chicago, USA.

Inspired by the wondrous beauty of pealing Christmas bells, Shafer’s poem calls to mind the first Christmas time, when, above the hills of Judah, “angel voices chanted notes sublime.”

Seeking to convey something of the joy of Christmastide in my setting, I have brought to the fore the syncopation that is to be found in the rhythm of the poet’s words, coupling that with melodic material that is of a fanfare-like nature.

I warmly thank Acappellago and their director, Mr Dennis Smith, for inviting me to compose the setting.

Matthew Orlovich,
Composer.

Review

“Shining gifts from boys choir”

“… Matthew Orlovich’s Christmastide –  one of the concert’s high points for its striking rhythmic and harmonic hurdles, accommodated with considerable success by these choristers in a cappella mode.” [Christmas with the Australian Boys Choir, directed by Noel Ancell @ Melbourne Recital Centre, 11 November, 2016].

Clive O'Connell, The Age (Melbourne, VIC, Australia), 13/12/16.

Recent performances

globe-detailSUNDAY 11 DECEMBER, 2016*** AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE*** – Performed by the Australian Boys Choir, directed by Noel Ancell OAM @ Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

flag-of-United-States-of-AmericaSATURDAY 12 DECEMBER, 2015 – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis R. Smith @ Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.

flag-of-United-States-of-AmericaSUNDAY 6 DECEMBER, 2015 – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis R. Smith @ Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 South Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL 60510, USA.

flag-of-United-States-of-AmericaSATURDAY 5 DECEMBER, 2015 ***WORLD PREMIERE*** – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis R. Smith @ Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St, Oak Brook, IL, USA.

 

 

Score sample: "Christmastide" (for a cappella SATB choir) – Title Page.

Christmastide
(for a cappella SATB choir)
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TITLE:
Christmastide (for a cappella SATB choir)

DATE OF COMPOSITION:
2015

COMMISSIONED BY:
Accappellago (IL., USA) with financial support of Batavia Arts Council.

SCORED FOR:
A cappella SATB choir

DURATION:
2 minutes

WORLD PREMIERE:
Saturday 5 September, 2015 – Acappellago, directed by Dennis R. Smith @ Event Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St, Oak Brook, IL., USA.

PUBLISHER:
Matthew Orlovich

ISMN:
To be assigned

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