Shades of Rain

for piano trio

Angela Elizabeth Slater

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Composer Angela Elizabeth Slater
Year of Composition 2018-19
Duration ca.7'
Instrumentation Violoncello, Violin, Piano
Categories (all composers) , ,
Catalogue ID ce-as1sor1

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Shades of Rain has been written for the Pr ism piano trio as a commission for the Illuminate Women’s Music 2019 Season I US-UK touring concert series. The piece explores the imagery and textures of different types of rain. The piece functions as though it is two movements happening within the same piece: Cloudburst and Petr ichor. Cloudburst refers to an extreme amount of precipitation in a short period of time often accompanied by hail and thunderstorms. The piece reflects this with dramatic driving rhythms and strident dramatic chords from the piano. These spells of extreme dramatic rain and musical descents are interrupted by music representing Petr ichor. ‘Petrichor’ is the pleasant aroma that occurs after rain has fallen for the first time after a dry period. These parts of the music are explored through expansive and reflective lyrical lines giving relief to the dramatic movements and figures found in the Cloudburst sections.

The Illuminate Women’s Music 2019 Season I concert series and commissions is supported by the PRS Open Fund for organisations.