Magic Rain is the title of a piece composed by Luna Flynn, a 10 year old in 5th grade at Eagle Peak Montessori School in Walnut Creek, CA. Luna has been playing piano for 2 years, and enjoys composing on Sibelius. She wrote the melody at a time when she and her family were moving to a new house. A poem about the experience goes with it.
Magic Rain is about my new house; My new beginning. It is a sad story of leaving things behind. To go to a new place that is perfect.
With the quiet water rushing by and fish and ducks swimming along. The cats walk casually and the dogs bark from their backyards.
Commotion is in every corner, at the swimming pool and beyond. Access to the park and school at my feet, A beautiful patch of greenery awaits for us to mold.
But sadness… makes everything clear for a new happiness to come near. Tears run from my eyes as Magic Rain, my new beginning.
I am fascinated by the many qualities of rain. The sound of rain makes music; it is a song of nature. It can be beautiful and soft, or fierce and powerful. I first pictured the story of Magic Rain as cleansing the Earth, and quenching the plants’ thirst. As Magic Rain developed I found out that it described “my hero’s journey.”
Every part of this piece is full of character. There are five major parts to my composition (A-B-A-C-A) . “I am sitting in my cabin looking out the ship’s window. I know there is a rain storm coming because I can smell and feel the dampness in the air. The rain starts. Drip. Drop. Drip. Drop.” My intro is very playful. It is the first rain after a long time.
In A1 and A2 the melody is played in the right hand. A1 is lively as the rain turns into a light drizzle. A2 is full of energy and represents bigger and plumper drops. “I welcome the rain. It cleanses the ship, and replenishes our water supply.”
The B part is an arrangement of Question and Answer musical phrases. B1 represents a bridge from light rain to storm. In B2, lightning strikes in the distance. B3 tricks us into a false sense of security as the clouds separate for a moment and the sun shines brightly. It seems that the storm has subsided, but then it comes back even stronger. “The ship is rocking from side to side and the rain is getting heavier.”
In A3 and A4 the melody is switched to the left hand while Grace notes and Triplets played by the right hand give the sensation of turmoil and the force of the tempest. “All of a sudden a lightning bolt strikes the ship and splits it in half. I am thrown into the water clutching what is left of the mast. I yell for help and get a mouthful of water.”
The C part is a majestic array of chords representing Thunder. “There is always one last obstacle one must overcome.” The final section is a backward D minor scale with a closing tremolo, symbolizing the clashing of clouds. “I feel my strength fading away but I know I have to hold on. The worst is over, the thunder has passed.”
In A5, the melody is again played by the left hand. The rain is subsiding. “I can almost relax. I’m beaten, but still alive.”
The ending has a unique pattern played by the left hand and represents the passing of the storm. “This ordeal has made me stronger. Help is on the way.”