Composer Rain Worthington: A Dream Milestone

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It’s always exciting to accomplish a milestone whether it is personal or in one’s career. For a composer, it can only be a mixture of both when one’s work is fully realized in performance. However, it is really quite the momentous milestone to acknowledge and celebrate when one’s work is captured on a recording and released for commercial distribution. And, Capital Region composer Rain Worthington certainly has reason to celebrate.

RainWorthington_DreamVaporsRain Worthington is an interesting musical persona as she doesn’t have any real formal training in the academic sense, but through perseverance she has pursued her love of music and composition, especially for the orchestra. Her music has been performed in venues from private lofts to concert halls in the United States and across Spain, India, Iceland, and Brazil. Rain lives in Nassau, Rensselaer County and regularly takes in the wonderful offerings of our region’s musical scene. When she’s not writing or being an audience member, she keeps busy as the Artistic Administrator/Composer Advocate for New York Women Composers, Inc., a non-profit service organization that aims to focus attention on music of woman composers. Prior to moving to the Capital Region, Rain was active in the Manhattan new music scene for more than 25 years diligently forging her way to make a mark for those who dismissed her work because she didn’t have an academic background in music.

Well … as mentioned above Rain certainly has reason to celebrate. This year brings an exciting and major milestone with the February release of her “solo” album, that is a recording dedicated to only her orchestral works. Dream Vapors — selected works for orchestra is a full-length album on Navona Records (#6025), a PARMA Recordings’ label, in which Rain shares “intense dreams, intangible perceptions, and musically evocative elaborations.”

I encourage you to seek out Dream Vapors. Not just to support one of our region’s composers, but to take a good listen. Besides taking in the wonderful photography of Mark Bowie with the cover image, here’s what you’ll get to take in:

SHREDDING GLASS – for Orchestra (2004)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Robert Ian Winstin, conductor

REVERSING MIRRORS IN THE QUIET – for Small Orchestra (2012)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor

TRACING A DREAM – for Orchestra (2009)
Russian Philharmonic Orchestra | Ovidiu Marinescu, conductor

FAST THROUGH DARK WINDS – for Small Orchestra (2013)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor

WITHIN A DANCE – A TONE POEM OF LOVE – for Small Orchestra (2012)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor

YET STILL NIGHT – A NOCTURNE FOR ORCHESTRA (2001)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra | Robert Ian Winstin, conductor

OF TIME REMEMBERED – for Orchestra (2011)
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Petr Vronský, conductor

Rain plays with minimalistic patterns and motion, creating dissonant moments that ultimately resolve themselves into something of a quilted blanket of mysterious contentment. You can purchase Dream Vapors through Amazon (CD or MP3 downdload), iTunes, Spotify, and ArkivMusic. To get a digital booklet containing liner notes, see videos, reviews or view perusal scores, click here. Hope you do some adventuring and enjoy!

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One Response to “Composer Rain Worthington: A Dream Milestone”

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    Rain Worthington
    March 7, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Big Thanks to Liz Friedman and Hudson Sounds for this wonderful write up. Very nicely penned. Hats off to the author. One of my favorites is “creating dissonant moments that ultimately resolve themselves into something of a quilted blanket of mysterious contentment.” Nice.

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