An homage to those rainy Summer days that keep us waiting indoors, Song for a Rainy Day is a five minute work in three parts. Though not technically demanding, its heavy use of counterpoint between sections is sure to keep your ensemble on its toes!
On a rainy day in the summer, outdoor activities have to be postponed, and life seems to slow down. I wrote the main theme for this piece during a summer month when it rained nearly every day. I called it “Song for a Rainy Day,” because it seemed to capture the feeling of relaxing indoors, waiting for the rain to end.
The piece is in three-part song form (A, B, A’), at a relaxed tempo and legato throughout. The first section presents the main theme, a song-like melody in G minor. The middle section moves a bit more, with eighth-note melodies, mostly in B flat major. The third section brings back the
first theme, again in G minor, with legato eighth-note scales and arpeggios in the second violins, violas, and cellos. The piece ends quietly with three pizzicato chords.