Christmastide for mixed voices (SATB), a cappella

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Commissioned in 2015 by Acappellago (Illinois, USA), Christmastide for mixed voices (SATB), a cappella is a joyful and energetic setting of Mary C. Shafer’s poem about the wondrous beauty of pealing Christmas bells and the first Christmas time when, above the hills of Judah, “angel voices chanted notes sublime.”

The world premiere performance of the setting 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 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.

Description

Composer: Matthew Orlovich | Date of Composition: 5 August, 2015 | Instrumentation: Mixed Voices (SATB), a cappella | Duration: ca 2 minutes | Commissioned by: Acappellago (IL., USA) | Publisher: Waratah Music | Formats: Printed Edition (WM 013 : ISMN 979-0-7202-1524-2) / PDF Digital Download (WM 013e : ISMN 979-0-7202-1525-9) | Edition: 10 October, 2019

Composer’s Note

Tools of the Trade | Matthew Orlovich, Australian Composer.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.

Known Performances

Some of the known performances of “Christmastide” for mixed voices (SATB) a cappella, include:

SUNDAY 2 DECEMBER 2018 – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis Smith @ Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510, USA.

SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 2018 – Performed by Acappellago, directed by Dennis Smith @ Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, Illinois, USA.

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER, 2016AUSTRALIAN 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.

Reviews

Shining gifts from boys choir

Christmas with the Australian Boys Choir, directed by Noel Ancell @ Melbourne Recital Centre, 11 November, 2016.

… 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.

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