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Rain and Flowers (for violin and piano)

By Paul SanGregory

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Violin and piano - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Paul SanGregory. Contemporary Classical. Score, Solo Part. 23 pages. Published by Distant Engraver Music (S0.564877).

Item Number: S0.564877

At the request of a friend, this piece incorporates the melody of an old popular song from Taiwan’s Japanese period. It is a simple folk-like melody with words based on the image of flowers that were washed to the ground during a rainy night. “Rain and Flowers” is neither an arrangement nor a traditional theme and variations. Instead, it is a series of free improvisations on ideas from the song. Some of those ideas are musical, while others relate to images or meanings in the lyrics. Because I think the lyrics contain a sense of sadness and loss, there are times when that emotion comes through. The image of flower petals strewn on the ground was an important inspiration because it can be seen as being both beautiful and pitiful, or even tragic. Also, those petals can be contemplated in silence after the storm, or during the time when they are begin blown by the driving rain and fierce winds. For that reason, I portray various types of rain and wind as the piece progresses. However, because the original song was a simple melody written after the storm, that is where this piece ends, with a more obvious playing of the melody, though still in an improvisatory and folk-like way.

The single downloadable file for this piece contains both the full score and violin part.

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