by Alexander L'Estrange

unaccompanied SATB chorus (with baritone solo)
Mixed Voices
Edward Thomas
Commissioned by Sospiri
First Performance
9.11.2014, St John the Evangelist (Oxford, United Kingdom): Sospiri, Christopher Watson

Score 0-571-57160-3 on sale from Faber Music Store


Programme Notes
“I was delighted to be asked by Sospiri to be part of their World War I commemoration CD A multitude of voices. The choir is ambitious and very talented and I’m thrilled with the job they have done. I chose to set “Rain” by Edward Thomas – a poem from 1916. The poet lies awake at night, listening to the rain falling onto the roof of his hut. The rain and the solitude prompt thoughts of those soldiers who are exposed to danger and death in the world outside. The setting is a cappella, with a simple but expressive baritone solo for the more intimate personal moments.” Alexander L’Estrange

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