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.
“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].
SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER, 2016 – *** AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE*** – Performed by the Australian Boys Choir, directed by Noel Ancell OAM @ Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER, 2015 – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis R. Smith @ Museum of Science & Industry, 5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637, USA.
SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER, 2015 – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis R. Smith @ Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 South Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL 60510, USA.
SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER, 2015 ***WORLD PREMIERE*** – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis R. Smith @ Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St, Oak Brook, IL, USA.