This is the full score and the string quartet parts.Downpour (2005) for SATB chorus and string quartet was commissioned by Madrigalia,Roger Whilhelm, director and is dedicated to them.DownpourI will go back to the day it rained in the late summer garden,a merciless rain that plucked my deaf earsopen, such wild applause that had nothing to do with me,nor the way I'd arranged the broad-leafed hostasin a half-moon, the laddered spires of lobelia in between,and then the lilies, loosestrife, and spiky monardafor rain to fall on, which in the end made no discernibledifference, the whole woods clamoring, a ceaseless drummingthat said, So much singing cannot be shut out:Rise and walk away, and for a moment it was all Mississippis,cane-backed chairs and spinning reeds, the soft secrecies offlesh spiraling underneath, but I tell you, it had the absolutecertainty of answered prayer. It was what it was --rain -- having no use for words like redemption,redemption mimicking its course, undefiled by gutterand downspout, rock and ripped leaf. It was a litany with purpose,a near monotone that played and leapt to its conclusionin spite of my foolishness, white flames dancing on a glassy tabletop.Yes, I know it was simply the result of all the conditions that permitted it,but my God, how it laughed at me, the rain and the green fleshdeclaring itself alive.-- Kathleen Wakefield ©,from Notations on the Visible World (Anhinga Press, 2000)
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