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Still Raining, Still Dreaming

By Arthur Levering

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For 6 players: flute (piccolo), clarinet (bass clarinet), piano, percussion, violin, cello.

A short work for 6 players, dedicated to the memory of Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu, who died in 1996. To those familiar with his catalogue the title should seem apt, given the many pieces within it incorporating the words “rain” or “dream”. Still Raining, Still Dreaming also happens to be a title from a very different source – Jimi Hendrix. Is there a place in the musical firmament where Takemitsu and Hendrix intersect?