Rain Study

 

Rain Study (1999)

 for solo piano

Much of the material for Rain Study has its origin in Sanyombul, a Korean folk song. The words to Sanyombul state:

 The sun that sets will rise again tomorrow
A life that passes will never return

The piece is the second of a series of studies for solo piano that was initiated by Piano Study 1 (1997). These are studies for both pianist and composer; the focus of both works is on the layering of melodies and the superimposition of the pianist's hands. The work was written for Thomas Schultz and was first performed by him in San Francisco, in April 1999. It has also been played by Yuji Takahashi.