- A cycle of five songs for baritone
- 10' 00"
- can be sung by mezzo-soprano
- 1: These Children Singing in Stone a; 2: O by the by; 3: I Thank You God for most this Amazing; 4: My Sweet Old Etcetera; 5: When Faces called Flowers Float out of the Ground.
|Score (429k)||Page 1 of each of 'Five Songs of e.e. cummings'||© David Farquhar|
|Recording (816k)||0:00-0:52 2. "o by the by"||© Kiwi Pacific|
I have long been drawn to e e cummings’ extraordinary lyrical gifts. In fact, I set the fourth poem in this set (“my sweet old etcetera”) nearly 50 years ago. This setting was lost, but I’m sure the new one is much better! Each of the songs is a celebration: the first of the silent singing of children sculpted in stone; the second of kite-flying; the third a hymn to God and nature; the fourth a love-song from the muddy trenches of World War 1; and the last one of cummings’ many songs of the joys of Spring.
- Text Note:
- Text by e e cummings
|28 Aug 1999||
Performed by David Griffiths (baritone) and Christine Griffiths (piano); Concert FM