Living Within the Rain

For Concert Band

Grade 4

This work is a band arrangement of an (as yet unperformed) string orchestra piece I was asked to write by a former University of Tulsa student, Alex Prokopis, who now teaches orchestra in Enid, Oklahoma.  Due to my relative inexperience with strings, some elements that I assumed would be approachable by the group proved not to be.  (Oops...)  However, I was pleased with the resulting piece, and so set it for wind band, where I was able to tame the difficulty of the piece a bit.  Around the time I began the work, I came across a line from the Glenn Pemberton book Hurting With God.  I was struck by the imagery of the sentence; "we have a decision to make: keep trying to control a storm that is not going to go away or start learning how to live within the rain.”  The title Living Within the Rain was the result and suggested to me as I was writing the piece for strings a somber mood, with a resolution more resigned than anything else.


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