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Daily Dose: April Fools

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 Walker Evans, (Subway Passenger, New York City) 1941.  This photo is my calendar picture for the month of April

Also April is National Poetry Month.

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

ee cummings 

I am particularly appreciative of E. E. Cummings poems because my childhood chorus, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, performed a number of commissioned works set to his poems.  Judith Weir composed my favorite three.

Little Tree—World premiere/YPC Commission
British composer Judith Weir says she wanted to select poetry for her YPC compositions that the choristers would carry in their minds for a long time. She selected three poems of e.e.cummings—‘little tree,’ which speaks of compassion; ‘i carry your heart with me,’ which speaks of love; and ‘now is a ship,’ which speaks of potential. The music is challenging and includes a complicated rhythmic interplay of voices in ‘little tree,’ and six-part singing in ‘now is a ship.’ A wide-ranging composer, Ms. Weir’s interest in theater, narrative and folklore has resulted in three full-length operas, collaborations with theater companies and playwrights, a song cycle, and orchestral, concerto, chamber, and recital works.


Written by doorr

April 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Posted in Art, Events

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