Passion According to St. Matthew
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2014) P R O G R A M
01. Opening
02. The Plot to Kill Jesus
03. The Anointing at Bethany
04. Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
05. The Passover with the Disciples
06. The Institution of the Lord's Supper
07. Peter's Denial Foretold
08. Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
09. The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
10. Jesus Before the High Priest
11. Peter's Denial of Jesus
12. Interlude: On Another's Sorrow (Blake)
13. Jesus Brought Before Pilate
14. The Soldiers Mock Jesus
15. The Crucifixion of Jesus
16. The Death of Jesus
17. The Burial of Jesus
18. Interlude – Reprise
19. Ending
text: The Gospel According to Matthew (NRSV)
genre: chorus/orchestra
length: 18 movements, 60:00 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044 • 973-857-3440
orchestration: contralto, tenor, SATB;
solo tpt, pno, org, timp, perc, strings
USA premiere: 28 March 2015
Maestri Singers
Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra
Thomas Octave, conductor
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
Pittsburgh, PA
UK premiere: 18 June 2015
University of Salford Chorus & Musicians
Thomas Octave, conductor
Manchester Cathedral
Manchester, United Kingdom
program notes: "Passion According to St. Matthew" is set for chamber forces with a contralto soloist singing the role of the Evangelist, a tenor soloist singing the role of Jesus, and an obligato solo trumpet part throughout. The work is punctuated dramatically throughout with responsive choral writing often accompanied by strings and organ. The colorful percussion writing brings a new dimension to this intimate but powerful work.