work details

The Red-Gold Darkness of Rain

  • Instrumentation: SATB and piano
  • Completed: August 2018
  • Duration: 5 minutes
  • Texts: Text adapted by the composer after Amy Lowell's "Summer Rain"
  • Video:
    • 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)

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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

  • Published:

    Santa Barbara Music Publishing (click here to purchase)

  • 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.


    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.

  • 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 7, 2020 (Cancelled due to coronavirus)
      Dekalb High School Varsity Choir
      Travis Erikson, director
      Dekalb High School - Dekalb, IL