We are stewards of the world around us and, in “There will come soft rain,” Sara Teasdale takes that notion and breaks it to us gently. In the first half of the poem she delicately paints a beautiful picture of a rainy night before she turns it around to kindly remind us to take care of the world we live in.
I adapted another Teasdale poem, “Twilight,” into the piece in order to fill out the imagery a bit. It served to bring a first person point of view into the musical narrative and personalizes her reminder to use that nature laughs last.
This piece is one of four a cappella works which uses the seasons as its inspiration. They can be performed starting on any of the movements as long as the cycle progresses in the cyclical order of the seasons.