Upcoming performance

Thursday 12 October 2023 | 7:30pm
Saturday 14 October 2023 | 2pm

Joyful, joyful (for a cappella SATB choir) by Matthew Orlovich

Performers: Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers & Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Brett Weymark.
Program: Music by Andrew Anderson, Arvo Pärt, Matthew Orlovich, Daniel Brinsmead and James MacMillan.
Venue: The Neilson, Pier 2/3 Walsh Bay Arts Precinct, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Info: Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Season Brochure 2023

Composer’s Note

Joyful, Joyful for mixed voices (SATB) a cappella was commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for performance upon the occasion of their 100th anniversary.

The Choirs’ centenary year also happens to be the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, so I couldn’t resist affording my work a “Beethoven connection”, albeit an oblique one, in the form of my chosen text (“Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee”) which was inspired by Beethoven’s setting of “Ode to Joy” and penned by the American poet, Henry van Dyke.

Comprising one continuous movement (Vivo, crotchet = c. 176), my setting begins with fanfare-like calls and responses between high and low voices. A quieter passage ensues with sopranos and altos scored in close harmony against a moto perpetuo accompaniment of rhythmically intermingling tenor and bass voices. Thereafter, a natural crescendo is effected, leading to more fanfare-like flourishes and a concluding climax.

I extend my thanks to Sydney Philharmonia Choirs for commissioning my new setting, and I wish them every success in their centenary year and beyond.– M.O.

Some of the Known Performances

World Premiere Performance

Commissioned as part of Sydney Philharmonia’s “100 minutes of new Australian music centenary project” in 2020.

Performers: VOX, conducted by Elizabeth Scott.
Venue: St Andrew’s Cathedral, Cnr of George and, Bathurst St, Sydney NSW 2000.
Program: Works by Deborah Cheetham & Matthew Doyle, Eriks Ešenvalds, Arvo Pärt, Aija Draguns, Peteris Vasks and Matthew Orlovich.
URL / Tickets: Sydney Philharmonia Choirs


(14 March, 2021)
Orlovich’s work [Joyful, Joyful] provided a resounding send-off for the concert, with its fanfare-like optimism.” – Fraser Beath McEwing

(15 March, 2021)
“Joyful, Joyful by another Sydney composer Matthew Orlovich closed the program with the program’s most animated textures, exchanging chordal phrases antiphonally between upper and lower voices and ending on a chord of satisfying density”. – Peter McCallum

(15 March, 2021)
The healing process, that makes the program a journey, is climaxed by a new commissioned work by Matthew Orlovich – Joyful, Joyful. If the audience wanted to break the fast of meditation and prayer that the program might have seemed then this was the work for them. Playful and exuberant the piece bounced in prancing acapella that roused the audience into fulsome applause, for one piece and for the ingenuity of the program as a whole.” – Geoffrey Sykes

Score Sample

Score Sample: Joyful, Joyful (for SATB choir) | By Matthew Orlovich


Joyful, Joyful
for mixed voices (SATB), a cappella

is available from Waratah Music
as a PDF with Reprographic License.

Score Details

Joyful, Joyful

18 May, 2020

Mixed voices (SATB), a cappella

c. 3 minutes, 30 seconds

Performers: VOX, conducted by Elizabeth Scott.
Venue: St Andrew’s Cathedral, Cnr of George and, Bathurst St, Sydney NSW 2000.
URL: Sydney Philharmonia Choirs

Waratah Music


979-0-7202-1530-3 (PDF Digital Download)

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