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Cathy Berberian | Song Books | John Cage | Edward Estlin Cummings

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Uploaded on Jan 12, 2011

Recording: Amsterdam Holland Festival 1972
Song Books: John Cage | 1970
Video and design by John Knap
www.jasperina.net
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With special thanks to Carrie de Swaan for her radio documentary about Cathy Berberian in 1993.

it is at moments after i have dreamed
of the rare entertainment of your eyes,
when(being fool to fancy)i have deemed

with your peculiar mouth my heart made wise;
at moments when the glassy darkness holds

the genuine apparition of your smile
(it was through tears always)and silence moulds
such strangeness as was mine a little while;

moments when my once more illustrious arms
are filled with fascination,when my breast
wears the intolerant brightness of your charms:

one pierced moment whiter than the rest

-turning from the tremendous lie of sleep
i watch the roses of the day grow deep.

Edward Estlin Cummings (1894-1962)

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