dominickdiorio
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The Red-Gold Darkness of Rain

Choral Music

chorus with piano

work detail

instrumentation: SATB and piano

completion date: august 2018

duration: 5 minutes

texts: Text adapted by the composer after Amy Lowell's "Summer Rain"

events

12

CORDUS & FRIENDS

Cordus Mundi & Friends - Marie Tavianini

Trinity Episcopal Church - Solebury, PA

4:00 pm

Cordus Mundi's traditional season-closing concert with our soprano & alto Friends takes on a different look & feel this season with the introduction of four ‘home-grown” guest conductors. Featuring my The Red-Gold Darkness of Rain. More information.

videos

The Red-Gold Darkness of Rain

Bowling Green State University Collegiate Chorale
Richard Schnipke, conductor; Michael Gartz, piano
World Premiere Performance - April 12, 2019
First Presbyterian Church - Bowling Green, OH
 

5 Questions to Dominick DiOrio

Pablo Gómez-Estévez from Bowling Green State University asks me about being a composer. (April 2019)

performances

april 13, 2019 (Premiere)

Bowling Green State University Collegiate Chorale
Richard Schnipke, conductor
Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH

november 17, 2019

Tufts University Chamber Singers
Jamie Kirsch, director
Distler Performance Hall - Granoff Music Center - Medford, MA

may 07, 2020 (Cancelled due to coronavirus)

Dekalb High School Varsity Choir
Travis Erikson, director
Dekalb High School - Dekalb, IL

scores

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publisher: Santa Barbara Music Publishing

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commission and dedication

Commissioned by the College of Musical Arts
for the Bowling Green State University Collegiate Chorale,
Richard Schnipke, director

program note

Some of my favorite memories involve the rain… I have reveled in the fancy of being caught unawares while walking home during a summer sun shower. And I’ve drifted off to sleep with the quiet pitter-patter of an afternoon rain mixing with the heartbeat of my lover.

I wanted to capture both of these qualities—the solace and the storminess—in my new work, The Red-Gold Darkness of Rain. While I set out originally to set Amy Lowell’s entire text, “Summer Rain,” I ultimately found inspiration in using just a few short words and phrases from the original poem, which I’ve adapted here to allow the work to be almost more instrumental than textual—more about the sounds of the words than their meanings. What resulted was a fast and moving new work, onomatopoetic in its use of consonants, vowels, and phonemes of all kinds!

I dedicate this work fondly to Richard Schnipke and the singers of the Collegiate Chorale, for whom the work was commissioned by the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University.

-- Dominick DiOrio, August 2018

text

Text adapted by the composer from Amy Lowell’s “Summer Rain”

Rain, all night rain.
Drops fell and flattened
And rang like metal.

Ping-ping!

Rain, all night rain.

Rattling, clashing
Dancing, glittering.

Rain, all night rain.

The Red-Gold darkness of rain,
Bright as the words you whispered to me.

With the red-gold-silver coolness of
rain, all night rain.

information

events

12

CORDUS & FRIENDS

Cordus Mundi & Friends - Marie Tavianini

Trinity Episcopal Church - Solebury, PA

4:00 pm

Cordus Mundi's traditional season-closing concert with our soprano & alto Friends takes on a different look & feel this season with the introduction of four ‘home-grown” guest conductors. Featuring my The Red-Gold Darkness of Rain. More information.


videos

The Red-Gold Darkness of Rain

Bowling Green State University Collegiate Chorale
Richard Schnipke, conductor; Michael Gartz, piano
World Premiere Performance - April 12, 2019
First Presbyterian Church - Bowling Green, OH
 

5 Questions to Dominick DiOrio

Pablo Gómez-Estévez from Bowling Green State University asks me about being a composer. (April 2019)


performances

april 13, 2019 (Premiere)

Bowling Green State University Collegiate Chorale
Richard Schnipke, conductor
Bowling Green State University - Bowling Green, OH

november 17, 2019

Tufts University Chamber Singers
Jamie Kirsch, director
Distler Performance Hall - Granoff Music Center - Medford, MA

may 07, 2020 (Cancelled due to coronavirus)

Dekalb High School Varsity Choir
Travis Erikson, director
Dekalb High School - Dekalb, IL


scores


commission and dedication

Commissioned by the College of Musical Arts
for the Bowling Green State University Collegiate Chorale,
Richard Schnipke, director


published


program note

Some of my favorite memories involve the rain… I have reveled in the fancy of being caught unawares while walking home during a summer sun shower. And I’ve drifted off to sleep with the quiet pitter-patter of an afternoon rain mixing with the heartbeat of my lover.

I wanted to capture both of these qualities—the solace and the storminess—in my new work, The Red-Gold Darkness of Rain. While I set out originally to set Amy Lowell’s entire text, “Summer Rain,” I ultimately found inspiration in using just a few short words and phrases from the original poem, which I’ve adapted here to allow the work to be almost more instrumental than textual—more about the sounds of the words than their meanings. What resulted was a fast and moving new work, onomatopoetic in its use of consonants, vowels, and phonemes of all kinds!

I dedicate this work fondly to Richard Schnipke and the singers of the Collegiate Chorale, for whom the work was commissioned by the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University.

-- Dominick DiOrio, August 2018


text

Text adapted by the composer from Amy Lowell’s “Summer Rain”

Rain, all night rain.
Drops fell and flattened
And rang like metal.

Ping-ping!

Rain, all night rain.

Rattling, clashing
Dancing, glittering.

Rain, all night rain.

The Red-Gold darkness of rain,
Bright as the words you whispered to me.

With the red-gold-silver coolness of
rain, all night rain.


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