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There will come soft rains

composer
2016
author of text

 
So far I have written at least 14 songs with texts by Sara Teasdale. I am drawn to the beauty and poignant simplicity of her poetry. This poem seemed to be filled with the beauty of nature, so in the song I decided to use polyphony, as I had imagined the voices of the singers swaying like the wheat crop gently in the wind. On my musical canvas was an impression of a world peaceful and full of life—frogs, birds, trees and rain—and I didn’t change this positive atmosphere when in the middle of the poem there came a stranger, darker phrase:

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

In the climax of the song I used my most rich harmonic color, although the text there seemed to not necessarily call for that:

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly;
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

With this seemingly incompatible relationship of text and music, I agreed to Sara’s idea about the importance to emphasize the endless existence of nature, even if there is war somewhere in the world.

from notes by Ēriks Ešenvalds © 2020

Recordings

Ešenvalds: There will come soft rains & other choral works
Studio Master: SIGCD603Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 1 on SIGCD603 [3'57] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD603 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-19-60301
Duration
3'57
Recording date
10 April 2018
Recording venue
Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
John Struzenberg
Hyperion usage
  1. Ešenvalds: There will come soft rains & other choral works (SIGCD603)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: January 2020
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