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Christopher Churcher


Skysongs (2024)

for soprano and piano

approx. duration: 12 minutes

composed for Harriet Burns and Ian Tindale

texts by Ursula K. Legion, Alice Oswald & Sara Tesdale

i - To the Rain

ii - A Short Story of Falling 

iii - There Will Come Soft Rains

Skysongs is a song cycle weaving together reflections on rain by three twentieth- and twenty-first-century poets, each offering a distinct perspective on the dialogue between rain and humanity. Ursula K. Le Guin envisions rain as a nurturing, softening force, Alice Oswald charmingly conveys the delicacy and weightlessness of raindrops, whilst Sara Teasdale, writing against the backdrop of the First World War, writes more existentially about war, humanity and the environment. The composition unfolds in three continuous movements, journeying through various rhythms of rain. ‘To the Rain’ initiates the cycle with a sudden downpour which dissipates throughout the composition. ‘There Will Come Soft Rains’ has a sense of stasis, petrichor, marking a poignant conclusion to the work.  


full score

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