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Five Songs of e e cummings

for baritone and piano

Year:  1995   ·  Duration:  10m
Instrumentation:  can be sung by mezzo-soprano

Year:  1995
Duration:  10m
Instrumentation  can be sung by mezzo-soprano

Composer:   David Farquhar

Films, Audio & Samples

Sample Audio

Sample: 0:00-0:52 2. "o by the by"

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Sample Score

Sample: Page 1 of each of 'Five Songs of e.e. cummings'

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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.

Contents note

  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

Text note

Text by e e cummings

Performance history

28 Aug 1999: Performed by David Griffiths (baritone) and Christine Griffiths (piano); Concert FM

Performed by David Griffiths (baritone) and Christine Griffiths (piano);

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