ORCHESTRA

HERE COMES THE RAIN
FOR ORCHESTRA
DUR: 9'00"

INSTRUMENTATION
2 Flutes (one dbl. Piccolo) 
2 Oboes 
2 Clarinets in Bb (one dbl. Bass Clarinet) 
2 Bassoons

4 Horns in F 
3 Trumpets in C 
2 Trombones 
Bass Trombone 

Timpani 
Percussion I (Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Chimes, Triangle) 
Percussion II (Bass Drum) 
Percussion III (Suspended Cymbal, Tam-tam, Chimes) 

Harp 
Piano 

Violin I 
Violin II 
Viola 
Violoncello 
Double Bass

 

A NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER
"Here Comes the Rain," is based on the following short poem of mine by the same title. 

Here comes the rain, clarion, 
craving the taste of that weight 
you’ve been carrying
 

When I was first dreaming this piece, it was with the poem in mind. However, as I worked on the music throughout 2017 and 2018, the idea of rain and release took on a new meaning. I'm originally from California, a state which--from 2011-2017, respectively--experienced some of the driest years of drought on record. While wildfire season is a given in California, and is something I can remember experiencing growing up there, in 2017 and 2018 CA dealt with a succession of the three most destructive wildfires in the state's history, each surpassing the last. When the Woolsey fire swept through Southern California this last November, it narrowly spared my childhood home, but took with it the houses of many friends and members of the community who are still recovering from the loss. And it must be mentioned that, as a state, we're still coming to understand the full scope of destruction from the Northern California Camp Fire. This is a piece which hopes for relief.

 

This piece was premiered by the Yale Philharmonia on December 6, 2018, with conductor Julian Pellicano. Recording courtesy of the Yale School of Music. A special thank you to Professors Hannah Lash, Christopher Theofanidis and Aaron Jay Kernis for their advice and insights while I worked on this piece. Thank you as well to Professor Evan Chambers, to whom I first came with the idea for this work back in 2012. 

 

Music, words and artwork by Tanner Porter. 
© Tanner Porter 2018. All rights reserved. 
 

CANYONS
FOR STRING ORCHESTRA
DUR: 7'10"

INSTRUMENTATION 
Violin I 
Violin II
Violin III
Viola I 
Viola II
Violoncello I
Violoncello II
Double Bass I
Double Bass II 

 

 A NOTE FROM THE COMPOSER 
This piece is based on the following line from a song of mine, "Retrace."
And all of these canyons I think I am carving / were made with the movement of some other's shape / some other river, some body of water / shepherding hours like waves to the break 

Canyons was written for and recorded by the players of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists with Peter Askim, Conductor. 

An enormous thank you to everyone who made the experience of writing and recording this piece happen, particularly Peter Askim, Aaron Jay Kernis and George Wellington. A special thank you to the amazing musicians of the 2018 festival. 
Recorded at Reservoir Studios, June 6, 2018.
George Wellington, Recording Engineer.

This recording was made possible through the generous support of Arts NC State, Rich Holly, Executive Director.


Music, words and artwork by Tanner Porter.
© Tanner Porter 2018. All rights reserved.