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David Rain: "Aurum, aurum!"  (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Aurum, aurum!" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

"Aurum, aurum!" is dedicated to Asira Shukuru. It is a musical search for the meaning of gold, a Choral exploration of our human relationship to this precious metal. In Latin and English. As always, comments are most welcomed. Sincere thanks to Matt...  more

David Rain: "The Tyger" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "The Tyger" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

"The Tyger" is dedicated to my daughter, Salima Rain, who asked me if I might try setting this remarkable William Blake poem to music, a daunting thought, to say the least. But I took on the challenge and here is the result. As always, comments are ...  more

David Rain: "Psalm 23" (Sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Psalm 23" (Sung by Matthew Curtis)

Psalm 23 is dedicated to my aunt Patricia Shaw of Vancouver, as this is her favourite Psalm. Two points of note: First, the composition grew out of the feeling that all 4 voices should start on the same note, grow outwards and then come back to that...  more

"There Will Come Soft Rain"
video: "There Will Come Soft Rain"

"There Will Come Soft Rain" by Jonathan Adams for SSAATTBB Chorus. Performed by Matthew Curtis.

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

"Everything Beautiful" - Jonathan Adams
video: "Everything Beautiful" - Jonathan Adams

An a cappella Choral piece on Ecclesiates 3:11, recorded by Matthew Curtis, Choral Tracks, LLC. Copyright 2014 by Pavane Publishing, all rights reserved,

R.Brisotto: "Ariel's Madrigal" for mixed choir
video: R.Brisotto: "Ariel's Madrigal" for mixed choir

A Choral composition by Roberto Brisotto (1972) Lyrics by William Shakespeare (1564/1616) from "The Tempest" All parts are performed by Matthew Curtis - "Before you can say, "Come and go", And breathe twice, and cry, "So,so" Each one, tripping on ...  more