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David Rain: "Da pacem Domine" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Da pacem Domine" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

"Da pacem Domine" is dedicated to two of my dear relatives named James. I felt the inspiration to start this piece in the weeks leading up to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, in which my dear grandfather Jimmy Rain (1895-1974) had serv...  more

David Rain: "Good King Wenceslas" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Good King Wenceslas" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

This brand new version of Good King Wenceslas is dedicated to my uncle Duncan Shaw of Vancouver. His "retirement project" - developing his own theory of gravity - has been a huge inspiration in my own compositional journey late in life. Some background...  more

David Rain: "Where then could pain find a hold?" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Where then could pain find a hold?" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

I have dedicated this song to health care workers and other courageous COVID-19 workers around the world. THANK YOU! "Where then could pain find a hold?" is a musical plea for reconciliation addressed to those (individuals, groups, nations) who find t...  more

David Rain: "Rise up, my love, my fair one" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Rise up, my love, my fair one" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

This song is a wedding present for my daughter Salima and my son-in-law Tarik Talundzic. As a boy chorister I can remember singing Healey Willan's setting of "Rise up, my love", a true gem. The beautiful imagery of this text drew me to write my own s...  more

Stoke Fleming - Score Video
video: Stoke Fleming - Score Video

STOKE FLEMING for unaccompanied mixed choir (SATB) by Greg Bartholomew Recording by Matthew Curtis (Choral Tracks). Sheet Music is available from J.W.Pepper: https://www.jwpepper.com/10503196.item Stoke Fleming is a small hamlet on the English...  more

David Rain: "Demain, dès l'aube" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Demain, dès l'aube" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

"Demain, dès l'aube" is dedicated to my dear friend Lillian Holowka and her partner Donald Bergen, who died less than a year apart in 2013 and 2014. Victor Hugo's heart-wrenching 1847 poem describes a walk he plans to take tomorrow morning ("Demain, dè...  more

David Rain: "How heavy lies the heart": #2 Autumn, Ottawa Four Seasons Suite (sung by Matthew Curtis
video: David Rain: "How heavy lies the heart": #2 Autumn, Ottawa Four Seasons Suite (sung by Matthew Curtis

I dedicate this piece to my friends in the composer/singer collective, the Ad hoc Chorale, who tested out this piece in one of our informal workshops and offered valuable comments. "How heavy lies the heart" has drawn inspiration from the traditional F...  more

Prairie Spring • Score Video
video: Prairie Spring • Score Video

PRAIRIE SPRING by Greg Bartholomew A setting for SAB choir of the poem by Willa Cather. With optional piano accompaniment. Recording by Matthew Curtis (Choral Tracks). Willa Cather (1873-1947) was an American writer best known for her novels of fron...  more

Satie/Rain: "As dawn breaks,” #1 (Summer) Ottawa Four Seasons Suite (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: Satie/Rain: "As dawn breaks,” #1 (Summer) Ottawa Four Seasons Suite (sung by Matthew Curtis)

Erik Satie's Sarabande No. 1 is one of my favourite piano pieces. For a long time, I felt there was an a cappella Choral piece hiding within it, in plain sight. One day I got inspired and gave it a try. Creating a Choral adaptation of a piano piece ha...  more

Scott Villard--O nata lux for SATB (2014)--Sung by Matthew Curtis of ChoralTracks
video: Scott Villard--O nata lux for SATB (2014)--Sung by Matthew Curtis of ChoralTracks

O nata lux de lumine, Jesu redemptor saeculi, Dignare clemens supplicum Laudes precesque sumere. Qui carne quondam contegi Dignatus es pro perditis, Nos membra confer effici Tui beati corporis. (O Light born of Light, Jesus, redeemer of the w...  more