Project Description

Composer’s Note

Christmastide for mixed voices (SATB), a cappella – By Matthew Orlovich. Published by Waratah Music.Scored for mixed voices (SATB) a cappella, this setting of Mary C. Shafer’s poem, “Christmastide” was commissioned by Acappellago (Illinois, USA) with the financial support of the Batavia Arts Council Fund. The world premiere performance was given on Saturday 5 December, 2015 by Acappellago, directed by Dennis R. Smith at the Event Hall, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, IL., USA.

The Australian premiere of “Christmastide” was given on Sunday 11 December, 2016 by the Australian Boys Choir and The Vocal Consort, directed by Noel Ancell OAM at Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, VIC, Australia.

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 director, Dennis Smith, for inviting me to compose the setting and for affording the work its world premiere performance.

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-detailflag-of-United-States-of-AmericaSUNDAY 2 DECEMBER 2018 (4PM) – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis Smith.
Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510, USA

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SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2018 (7:30PM) – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis Smith.
Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, Illinois, USA

SUNDAY 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.

 

 

Christmastide for mixed voices (SATB), a cappella – By Matthew Orlovich. Published by Waratah Music.

Christmastide
for mixed voices (SATB), a cappella.

Published by Waratah Music.
Worldwide delivery.

TITLE:
Christmastide for mixed voices (SATB), a cappella

DATE OF COMPOSITION:
2015

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

SCORED FOR:
Mixed Voices (SATB), a cappella

DURATION:
2 minutes

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

PUBLISHER:
Waratah Music

ISMN:
979-0-7202-1524-2 (Printed Edition)
979-0-7202-1525-9 (PDF Digital Download)

If you would like more information about this score, feel free to email me.
I look forward to hearing from you!