There Will Come Soft Rains...

for oboe and string quintet


There will come soft rains... takes it’s title from a short story of the same name by American science- fiction writer, Ray Bradbury. In turn, Bradbury’s story takes it’s title as well from a poem by the midwest poet, Sara Teasdale. Both Bradbury’s and Teasdale’s works fictionalize the continuation of natural (and unnatural) phenomena in a post- apocalyptic world.

Bradbury’s 2026 setting of a robotic smart house continuing its daily tasks, long after its inhabitants died in a nuclear war, served as the impetus to compose this piece. Though now, it seems to me, that the piece is more reflective of Teasdale’s post-WWI poem, in which she imagines the slow and painstaking reclaimation of the earth by nature after wartime.


Oboe, 2 Violins, Viola, Violoncello, Contrabass


8 mins.


1 May 1997
Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble
Gene Young — Conductor  
Warner Concert Hall — Oberlin, OH