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Composition Spotlight: "There Will Come Soft Rains"

(Each week we look at one or two of the best choral works posted in the Composition Showcase here on ChoralNet.  This is where we store a treasure trove of works that your choirs will love to sing and your audiences will love to hear.)
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Level: High School Mixed Choir, Advanced Middle School
Uses: Fall Concert, Open House
Program Themes: Spring, Seasons, Rain, Zombie Apocalypse
This Piece Would Program Well With: Undead Love by Mike O'Mara
This Sara Teasdale text offers many programming options.  The very profound point of the poem is that nature doesn't need humankind, it would get along well without us.  I could see programing this with other pieces that deal with the rapture, end of days etc. and billing the concert as the Zombie Apocalypse show.  That would certainly get the attention of a high school or college audience. 
Ray Braswell's setting of There Will Come Soft Rains is a lovely piece and would stand on its own without extreme programming.   The recording provided was made by The piece is available from the composer:
on September 29, 2013 1:22pm
Sorry all, the links to PDF and AUDIO are incorrect.   PLease check out the featurted piece here:
on September 29, 2013 2:44pm
I would like to thank Jack for selecting this piece for the Composition Showcase.
If any composer is looking for good public domain poems to use as texts for their compositions, I highly recommend the poetry of Sara Teasdale.  She wrote some very moving poems of varying lengths that cover a wide range of emotions.  Her poetry has inspired me to write several compositions.  You can find a good listing of her poetry here:
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