April Rain Song

SATB a cappella

This intimate piece is -- in Langston Hughes' words -- a "sleep song," with a vocal accompaniment built from the syllables of the word "lullaby." Opening with the suggestion of a sparse, gentle rain, "April Rain Song" cradles the listener in a slumberous sea of sound.

(Note: "April Rain Song" is the opening movement of the larger work, "Spring Revels.")

Winner of the Brookline Chorus Composition Competition.


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Commissioned By: 
Festival Choir of Madison. Madison, WI
Premiere Conductor: 
Eric Townell

Winner, Brookline Chorus Composition Competition


Southern Nazarene University Chorale; Brent Ballweg, conductor. Oklahoma City, OK
Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington D.C.; C. Paul Heins, conductor. Washington, DC
Plymouth Music Series (now known as VocalEssence); Phillip Brunelle, conductor. Minneapolis, MN

Text Author or Source: 
Langston Hughes

"April Rain Song"
Poem by Langston Hughes

Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.

The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night.

And I love the rain.

"April Rain Song" © 1932 by Alfred A. Knopf. Renewed in 1960 by Langston Hughes.
Reprinted by permission of Harold Ober Associates Incorporated, as agents for the Estate of Langston Hughes.