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The Jan V. Matejcek New Classical Music Award recognizes Stephen Chatman’s overall success as a composer in his genre and comes just after his being awarded the Outstanding Classical Composition Award at the 2010 Western Canadian Music Award for his recording of “Earth Songs,” his third such win in five years.
Stephen Chatman’s music is also represented by sixteen publishers including the Canadian Music Centre’s popular Centrediscs recording label, which is distributed worldwide via iTunes and music stores.
Stephen Chatman’s active contribution to Canadian contemporary classical music catalogue makes him one of Canada’s leading composers.
The Canadian Music Centre exists to promote the music of living Canadian Composers, to encourage the performance and appreciation of Canadian music, and to make this music available throughout Canada and around the world.”
Canadian Music Centre associate composer Stephen Chatman was awarded the Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composition of the Year for his work Earth Songs, recorded on CMC’s Centrediscs label. Earth Songs, appearing on the disc by the same name, was recorded last year by the University of British Columbia Singers and the CBC Radio Orchestra under the direction of Alain Trudel. Earth Songs is available for purchase through the CMC’s website, where audio samples can also be found.
“I was surprised and happy, it’s very exciting,” says Chatman of his win. It is the third time since 2005 that Chatman has been honoured
with the award for Classical Composition of the Year and the sixth time a Centrediscs recording has claimed the prize since the award’s
inception in 2004.
The media has praised Earth Songs since its premiere at Vancouver’s Chan Centre in 2008, calling it, “Unapologetically dramatic…
Built up to a roaring climax that was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation.”
The awards were presented in Kelowna October 23, 2010 and were part of the Breakout West Festival. Chatman’s music was heard during the festival as part of the Classical Music Showcase, presented as part of the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music in New Places
The words are by the composer: Praise God, the Father, our Creator!/Bless all of us, He is our maker!/?Bless paw and hoof, burrow and roost;/Bless equine, bovine, canine, feline, Osprey, egret, woodpecker, ?Little Blue;/Bless Spot and Puff and Grandma, too. //Praise God, the Father, our Creator!/?Bless all things, even alligator!
— USE: St. Francis’ Day services, concerts (as Introit, etc.)
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: easy – for church, high school, ?college, community, professional choruses