A Rainy Day
For unaccompanied women's chorus
This piece is full of droplets of song that pool together into harmonic cadences... full of simple and direct music that clearly communicates the spirit of the text. — Jay C. Batzner's review of the premiere performance
The text is a poem by American poet John Brainard (1796 - 1828) first published in 1825 ("Poems") and reissued in 1832 ("Literary Remains").
The setting for women's chorus was completed in February 2001 and is dedicated to my mother, Cynthia Turek Bartholomew (1923 - 2010), who taught me to love the rainy days.
The Arkansas State University Women's Chorus, under the direction of Dale Miller, presented the premiere performance on January 30, 2004, at the Fowler Center, Jonesboro, Arkansas, at the Society of Composers Region 6 Conference.
The piece was selected for the 2009 Reading Session by the Elektra Women's Choir of Vancouver, Canada, Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer conducting, and was substantially revised as a result. The Vocal Ensemble Fantazia of Koltsovo, Novosibirsk, Russia, received a Silver Medal in the Champions Competition at the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, for their performance of A Rainy Day in the female vocal ensemble category.
A Rainy Day
It rains. What lady loves a rainy day?