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From out the west, where darkling stormclouds float, The waking
wind pipes soft its rising note.
This award-winning song captures the excitement and build-up of a summer rainstorm with a vocal line that whips and whirls and a relentless “raindrop” piano accompaniment. The mixed meters make this piece more challenging, but they also give "Rainfall" its great little groove!
"Rainfall" won 3rd place in the 2005 Diana Barnhart American Song Competition.
From out the west, o’erhung with fringes grey,
Then blowing, singing, piping, laughing loud,
Across the hollow and along the hill
With bough upbent, and green of leaves blown wide,
A gusty freshening of humid air,
And now a little sprinkle, with a dash
Then over field and hollow, grass and grain,
- E. Pauline Johnson (1862-1913)
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