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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

"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: "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

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