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Spring rain

First line:
I thought I had forgotten
composer
2017
author of text

 
As I was composing Spring rain late at night, there was no rain, nor storm outside of our house—only a peaceful night with the world having gone into its sleep. On my piano there was Teasdale’s poem facing me, and as I was improvising it line by line, gradually the rain and storm, and everything in her poem started to rise in my mind into a three-dimensional visualization. A few moments later there were 'passing motor busses swaying, the street was a river of rain, and with the wild spring rain and thunder my heart was wild and gay'. Oh, the music came so quickly! In the following days, of course, I kept polishing every bar and harmony until I was satisfied with the song. But somehow the poem’s aching melancholy (as a rainy day can trigger some memories) was present all the time. I think Teasdale’s Spring rain is very much about how time can tick away, when people need it to stand still.

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 9 on SIGCD603 [5'18] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD603 track 9

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-19-60309
Duration
5'18
Recording date
10 April 2018
Recording venue
Lagerquist Concert Hall, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
John Struzenberg
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  1. Ešenvalds: There will come soft rains & other choral works (SIGCD603)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: January 2020
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