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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

David Rain: "Stella" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Stella" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

"Stella" is dedicated to my friend Kristina, who introduced me to this remarkable French poem by Victor Hugo written while in exile on the Isle of Jersey. It is a complex layered poem exploring a multitude of interactions with the morning star - in na...  more

David Rain: "A new mystery unfoldeth" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "A new mystery unfoldeth" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

My musical re-imagining of the Nativity story, with a surprise in the 2nd verse. Dedicated to my dear cousin, Madeleine Shaw. NB: choirs interested in obtaining copies of the score can contact The Leading Note at info@leadingnote.com. I would lik...  more

David Rain: "A Hymn to Biodiversity" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "A Hymn to Biodiversity" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

Dedicated to Awegechew Teshome, Melaku Worede and John Martin -- my three biodiversity mentors -- who introduced me to the "radical" idea that farmers, seed-saving farmers, have been humanity's ingenious plant breeders and nurturers of biodiversity from t...  more

David Rain: Victor Hugo's "La coccinelle" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: Victor Hugo's "La coccinelle" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

An SATB arrangement of Victor Hugo's remarkable poem "La coccinelle" -- the narrator looks back on a moment in time when, as a teenager, he was preparing to kiss a girl. Unfortunately, a ladybug lands on her neck, however, which distracts him. He then rem...  more

David Rain: "Rex Pacificus" (sung by Matthew Curtis)
video: David Rain: "Rex Pacificus" (sung by Matthew Curtis)

Dedicated to my dear cousins Gigi and Raven. Since first singing the medieval song "All and Some" in the mid 1990s, I fell in love with the Middle English and Latin lyrics, and one day I got inspired to create my own setting of this poetic gem. NB: ...  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