Rain Worthington takes ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park.

LATEST RECORDING NEWS:

Dream Vapors – selected works for orchestra was released 2016

"There is a deep interiority to this music… Worthington has an instantly recognizable sound, an austere sensuality not quite like anyone else ...a composer of considerable imagination, emotional expressiveness, and poetic sensibility."” – American Record Guide

"Worthington’s orchestral writing in Dream Vapors takes us inside the sometimes illogical world of dreams and memories and uses a fusion of styles—ancient, medieval sounds expressed via modality and open sonorities, modernist minimalist ostinato, and classical approaches to basic ideas — to capture components of the human experience." - IAWM Journal Volume 22, No. 2 2016

"Rain Worthington is a contemporary voice that demands to be heard. The present first collection [Dream Vapors] establishes her as a unique orchestral exponent, an inspired artist saying something definite and compelling today." Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review

Rain Worthington strives to compose emotionally evocative works to captivate and touch the heart with textural, rhythmic and lyrical music that is nuanced, delicate, powerful and transporting.

Worthington’s music takes “…ideas of American musical style to a new place – like a walk in a familiar, yet very different park... And isn't afraid to come up with its own startling conclusions.” – Chamber Music magazine.

2016 orchestral highlights include a solo CD release, “Dream Vapors – selected works for orchestra” and the orchestral premiere of “Tracing a Dream.” In 2017 the MSU Symphony Orchestra will premiere Worthington’s violin concerto, “In Passages”.

There is a deep interiority to this music… Worthington has an instantly recognizable sound, an austere sensuality not quite like anyone else ...a composer of considerable imagination, emotional expressiveness, and poetic sensibility.” – American Record Guide

The size of the orchestra ranges between smaller to more full, yet it is the impact of the composing in every case that stands out as full of dark, burnished color. She is a master of her own orchestral palette.” …(Dream Vapors) establishes her as a unique orchestral exponent, an inspired artist saying something definite and compelling today.” – Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Reviews

Her music has been performed nationally and internationally in Spain, Belgium, Italy, Brazil, Iceland, and India. Her works have been featured at the PARMA Music Festival, Festival of Women Composers of Hartford, the SCI National Conference, and the Eastman Women in Music Festival.

She has been awarded grants from Meet The Composer, ASCAP, the American Music Center, NYFA, and the American Composers Forum and Winner: 2016 Missouri State University Composition Festival Competition. In addition to composing concert works, Worthington serves as Artistic Administrator & Composer Advocate for the New York Women Composers.

The composer has directed that her Artist’s proceeds from purchases of the Dream Vapors album be donated through PARMA Recordings to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (a research 501(c)(3) public charity).

SELECTED ORCHESTRAL WORKS:

Fast Through Dark Winds – for small orchestra (2013: 6:30)

Reversing Mirrors in the Quiet – for small orchestra (2012: 6:10)

Within a Dance – a tone poem of love – for small orchestra (2012: 8’)

Of Time Remembered – for orchestra (2011: 7:56)

Tracing a Dream – for orchestra (2009: 8:15)

Confluences – for orchestra (2008: 6:30)

Shredding Glass – for orchestra (2004: 10:06)

Yet Still Night – a nocturne for orchestra (2001: 6:02)

Compositions

Fast Through Dark Winds – for small orchestra


PDF score

Program note: Inspired by the emotional intensity of a dream – careening through dense dark night fog on a bike with no brakes, no control and no visibility, accompanied by alternating interludes of fear and transcendent calm. – RW


Tracing a Dream – for orchestra



‘Tracing a Dream’, which flies into the listener’s imagination like a dark bird, reminds me of the poet Theodore Roethke’s ‘Night Crow: “Over the gulfs of dream/Flew a tremendous bird/Further and further away/ Into a moonless black/ Deep in the brain, far back.” – Jack Sullivan, American Record Guide

"A shocking piece of more than eight minutes, where different strings and wind instruments perform music in some fragments awesome and mysterious in others, keeping the listener alert at all times.” – Alejandro Clavijo, New Age CD Reviews [Translation]


Shredding Glass – for orchestra



…Worthington’s piece provides the listener instead with exquisite disintegration, mere glass filaments casting light in all directions, with an undercurrent of unresolved apprehension… The texture is transparent but luminous, reminiscent perhaps of the late works of Mahler.” – Scott Locke, Journal of International Alliance of Women in Music