The Rainbow

Composer: Kotaro Watahiki
Lyricist: William Wordsworth


Words from composer:

When my first child was born, I wanted to write down beautiful music. That’s why I composed this song. I chose the poem “The Rainbow” whose passage “The Child is father of the Man” inspired me.

I felt the solemn mind with the reverence for nature. With that in mind, I composed the overall as much care as I could do to make the melody and the rhythm feel natural along with words so that beautiful chords could be felt. Rather than pursuing novelty, I composed with the background of traditional counterpoint.

I hope that you would enjoy the sounds of each chord carefully so that it connects to the last phrase with the refreshed feeling as you run up to the sky.

This piece was given the third prize in the Japan International Choral Composition Competition 2018

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Composer: Kotaro Watahiki
Lyricist: William Wordsworth
Parts: SATB
Accompaniment: A cappella
Language: English
Performance duration: 2’46”
Pages: 12

Reference Video

==Performance Information==
Conductor: Ko Matsushita
Choir: The Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo
International Choral Composition Competition Japan 2018 3rd Prize