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The Long Rain   (2017)

for large ensemble

Performance by Yorkshire Young Sinfonia

This work is inspired by late American author Ray Bradbury’s ‘The Long Rain’, one of eighteen science fiction short stories which make up his seminal collection The Illustrated Man. The story tells of four men who have crash landed on Venus and are travelling through its vast jungles and perpetual rain in search of large shelters known as Sun Domes. One by one, the men are driven insane by the endless rain, winds, thunder and lightning, and their hope to find shelter and safety fades. In this work by the same title, performers explore a variety of performance techniques to evoke sounds of rain, thunder and scorched earth, and of marching, breathing and unanswered questions.

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