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Three Songs of E. E. Cummings

high voice and piano / 10 minutes

A song cycle in four parts based on poetry of American poet E. E. Cummings (1894-1962). Cummings’ poems are characterized by unusual typesetting and capitalization, abnormal syntax, and often bizarre or completely imaginary words. Both the visually artistic format of the text as well as the meanings of the words were influences on the composition of the songs. Each song attempts to capture the nuances of the text, as well as create an overall mood for each poem. The texts are all centered around the theme of love, particularly from a singular perspective. All the poems are in the first person, thus the title of the cycle. Each movement is dedicated to a friend of the composer, written specifically for her voice. The third movement was originally written (and is also available) for mezzo soprano.

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Poems by E. E. Cummings.
Recording: Faith Keehn, soprano; Philip Rice, piano

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