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April Rain Song

A little sleep-song, sung to the cadence of a gentle rain
Commissioned by the Festival Choir of Madison / Eric Townell
Winner of the Brookline Chorus Composition Competition
Langston Hughes

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This intimate piece is — in Langston Hughes’ words — a “sleep song,” with a vocal accompaniment built from the syllables of the word “lullaby.”  Opening with a pure soprano solo and the suggestion of a sparse, gentle rain, April Rain Song goes on to cradle the listener in a slumberous sea of sound.

April Rain Song is the first movement of the 10 minute work, Spring Revels.

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April Rain Song

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.

The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night.

And I love the rain.


Cayuga Vocal Ensemble / G. Roberts Kolb ~ Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)   * Premiere


Broadmoor Chamber Singers / Becca Kenneally (Natick, MA)

Brookline Chorus / William Cutter (Brookline, MA)

Chamber Singers of Iowa City / Martin Dicke (Iowa City, IA)

CoroAllegro / Jack Warren Burnam (Wilmington, DE)

Hamilton College Choir / G. Roberts Kolb
     (Rochester, Buffalo & Clinton NY ~ Cincinnati & Cleveland Heights, OH ~ Evanston & Kinilworth, IL)

Harmonium Choral Society / Anne Matlack ~ Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (Waterloo Village)

Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington D.C. / C. Paul Heins (Washington, DC)


South Bend Chamber Singers / Nancy Menk ~ Saint Mary's College (Notre Dame, IN)

Southern Nazarene University Chorale / Brent Ballweg (Oklahoma City, OK)

VocalEssence / Philip Brunelle ~ Orchestra Hall (Minneapolis, MN)








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