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lovesongs — seven poems by e.e.cummings for natural voice and piano (1974)

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Published on Aug 28, 2014

More info at http://www.chrissansom.net/works/love... but in the meantime...

Some of cummings’s less avant garde poems set in pastiches of various styles of popular music for voice and piano. The first lines of the poems are:

“sweet spring is your
love is more thicker than forget
if up’s the word;and a world grows greener
may i feel said he
spring!may—
the great advantage of being alive
o by the by

I couldn’t include the words in any satisfactory way in a MIDI recording, so I opted for an instrumental rendition using Sample Modeling’s Trumpet instrument and changing mutes according to the mood of each song: open, cup, open, harmon, open and bucket respectively for the first six, and changing the instrument to flugelhorn for the last. You can follow the words in the score, and you can find them elsewhere if you search. In the intro to the fourth song the singer should go ‘t tss-t, t tss-t’ etc. like a hi-hat, so I’ve been really adventurous and used a hi-hat instead.

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