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e.e. cummings

Born: 1884. Died: 1962.

Edward Estlin "E. E." Cummings, often styled as e e cummings, as he is attributed in many of his published works,(1) was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays, and several essays. He is often regarded as one of the most important American poets of the 20th century. Cummings is associated with modernist free-form poetry. Much of his work has idiosyncratic syntax and uses lower case spellings for poetic expression. His use of lower case extended to rendering even the personal pronoun I as i, as in the phrase "i shall go."

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Eric Whitacre : The City and the Sea : SATB : Sheet Music Collection

Eric Whitacre : The City and the Sea

The City and the Sea is a new collection of five compositions from one of the world's most popular choral composer based on the poems of e.e. cummings. "i walked the boulevard" - White key clusters in the piano create the rhythmic framework for the playful vocals sung in unison declamation or that ricochet one part to another in this vividly portraying an urban street scene. "the moon is hiding in her hair" - This languorous setting features a chaconne-like left hand pattern in the piano along with right hand cluster chords and legato vocal phrases in octaves to create a meditative musical atmosphere. "maggie and milly" - With the characteristic clusters broken into arpeggios for this movement, this playful work features delightful wordplay and simple fun! "as is the sea marvelous" - This tender setting creates an image of the ebb and flow of the sea through pulsating parallel cluster chords in the piano and long legato vocal phrases. "little man in a hurry' - Full of colorful contrasts, this final movement from The City and the Sea dances with fun and humor! The rhythmic wordplay and deconstructed syllables poem hurtle ever faster to the final sudden "stop" for an extraordinary concert finale.

Songlist: little man in a hurry, as is the sea marvelous, maggie and milly and molly and may, the moon is hiding in her hair, i walked the boulevard

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Voicing: SATB | 7312b | Sheet Music Collection | $12.45 | Accompanied


Eric Whitacre : A Cappella  Arrangements 2 - e.e. cummings : SATB : Sheet Music Collection : Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre : A Cappella Arrangements 2 - e.e. cummings

'i will wade out' the first piece in the set, cries out with lush, neo-romantic harmonies. In 'hope, faith, love, life' each word is repeated as a musical meditation, quoting different works from Whitacre's choral library.' I 'i thank you God, for this most amazing day,' the shimmering quality of the chords help to convey the Whitacre's feeling of the text used in the poem. All three pieces are based on the poems by e.e. cummings, and are part of Eric Whitacre's series, titled 'Three Songs of Faith.'

Songlist: I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day, I Will Wade Out, hope, faith, love, life

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Voicing: SATB | 9054b | Sheet Music Collection | $6.95 | A Cappella


Eric Whitacre : The City and the Sea : SATB : Songbook : 888680931063 : 00292595

Eric Whitacre : The City and the Sea

Assembling five songs previously published separately and all with texts by e.e. cummings, this set is a real bargain. Originating as a Chorus America commissioning project, the sum is greater than its parts.

Songlist: Little Man In A Hurry, As Is The Sea Marvelous, Maggie And Milly And Molly And May, The Moon Is Hiding In Her Hair, I Walked The Boulevard

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Voicing: SATB | 9912b | Songbook | $8.95


Jonathan Harvey : Forms of Emptiness : SATB : Songbook :               : 12-0571554075

Jonathan Harvey : Forms of Emptiness

Forms of Emptiness is a work for mixed choir which sets words from the Buddhist Heart Sutra, in the original Sanskrit, and three poems by E.E. Cummings. The E.E. Cummings poems all have emphasis on the here and now, on 'catching the joy as it flies'. Seeker of truth Follow no path All paths lead where Truth is here Against these vivid flashes of joy and colour is set a chant - the sanskrit of the Heart Sutra - which acts as a ground from which the 'forms of emptiness' briefly emerge, and against which they are comprehended as transient, scarcely real. There are references to other 'sacred styles' as well as that of the chant - to those of Palestrina and Messiaen for instance. Jonathan Harvey

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Voicing: SATB | 7296b | Songbook | $14.95 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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a little innocence : SSA : Daniel Brewbaker : Songbook : 48019758 : 884088240646

Daniel Brewbaker : a little innocence

Originally written for The Children's Aid Society Chorus of New York City, this e.e. cummings text lends itself so nicely to the pure sound of treble voices and explores the idea of transformative innocence - that no state of being is so dark or hopeless that it cannot be transformed into light and joy through innocence. Duration: ca. 4:00.

Arranger: Daniel Brewbaker | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019758 | Digital Version Available


all which isn't singing is mere talking : SSA Div : Dominick DiOrio : Dominick DiOrio : Sheet Music : 15-2439R : 9781429102964

Dominick DiOrio : all which isn't singing is mere talking

A finalist composition in the 2006 New York Sings! A Composer's Symposium, this work is an energetic and rhythmically exciting setting of E. E. Cummings's take on excess noise in modern society. In it, the power of singing is echoed and restored through the blessing of silence.

Composer: Dominick DiOrio | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSA Div | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 15-2439R


hope, faith, love, life : SATB divisi : Eric Whitacre : Eric Whitacre : Sheet Music : WJMS1039 : 073999978483

Eric Whitacre : hope, faith, love, life

The second publication after i thank You God for most this amazing day  in the set of three Songs of Faith, all to poems by e.e. cummings. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.

Composer: Eric Whitacre | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.60 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WJMS1039


i am a little church : SSA : Daniel Brewbaker : Sheet Music : 48020623 : 884088405465

Daniel Brewbaker : i am a little church

Based on poetry by e.e. cummings, this setting is dedicated to the composer's mother on the occasion of her 87th birthday. Masterful vocal writing and an engaging piano accompaniment evoke images both humble and grandiose, and allow choirs to showcase balance and blend through expansive homophonic passages. Duration: ca. 6:30.

Arranger: Daniel Brewbaker | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48020623 | Digital Version Available


i carry your heart : SSA : Laura Farnell : Laura Farnell : Sheet Music : 08748019 : 884088211806

Laura Farnell : i carry your heart

This beautiful setting of an e.e. cummings text is highlighted by its serenity and expressiveness. Ideal for women's ensembles, this gem will sparkle in performance! Duration: ca. 4:15.

Composer: Laura Farnell | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08748019 | Digital Version Available


i carry your heart with me : SATB : David C. Dickau : David C. Dickau : Sheet Music : WJMS1104 : 884088324933

David C. Dickau : i carry your heart with me

Here is an impressive, yet romantically intimate, piece. The title gives away the mood of the beautiful love poem by e.e. cummings. With rich color and expression, this work is very suitable for mature high school choirs and beyond. Also available for SSAA and TTBB. Duration: ca. 4:00. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.

Composer: David C. Dickau | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.35 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WJMS1104


i carry your heart with me : TTBB : David C. Dickau : David C. Dickau : Sheet Music : WJMS1111 : 884088476595

David C. Dickau : i carry your heart with me

Following the solid success of Dickau's SATB setting of the beautiful love poem by e.e. cummings, here is his musical arrangement for men's voices. It is an impressive, yet romantically intimate piece, suited for festival high school, college and beyond. Also available for SATB and SSAA. Duration: ca. 4:00. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.

Composer: David C. Dickau | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WJMS1111


i carry your heart with me : SSAATTBB : Paul Mealor : Paul Mealor : Sheet Music : 00334665 : 840126910018 : 1705147542

Paul Mealor : i carry your heart with me

This new choral piece from Paul Mealor is set to poetry by the great E.E. Cummings for mixed unaccompanied voices.

Composer: Paul Mealor | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | $2.50 | A Cappella |
00334665 | Digital Version Available


i shall imagine : SA : Daniel Brewbaker : Sheet Music : 48004298 : 073999761887

Daniel Brewbaker : i shall imagine

i shall imagine exudes a joyous self-confidence in the miracle of being alive, unperturbed by the vagaries of human perception of what is beautiful. Poetry by e.e. cummings. (1:55)

Arranger: Daniel Brewbaker | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48004298


I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day : SATB divisi : Eric Whitacre : Eric Whitacre : Sheet Music : WJMS1107 : 884088348595

Eric Whitacre : I Thank You God For Most This Amazing Day

This impressive and beautiful work is the last piece in the stunning set of three Songs of Faith, with text by e.e. cummings. To realize the composer's wish to bring his work back to his very first draft, a revision has been made towards the end (page 12). The revised publication herewith replaces the one from 2001.

Arranger: Eric Whitacre | Composer: Eric Whitacre | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.55 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WJMS1107


i walked the boulevard : SATB : Eric Whitacre : Eric Whitacre : Sheet Music : 08753347 : 884088578367

Eric Whitacre : i walked the boulevard

White key clusters in the piano create the rhythmic framework for the playful vocals sung in unison declamation or that ricochet one part to another in this E.E. Cummings setting vividly portraying an urban street scene

Composer: Eric Whitacre | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.75 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08753347


I Will Wade Out : SATB divisi : Eric Whitacre : Eric Whitacre : Sheet Music : WJMS1052 : 073999399554

Eric Whitacre : I Will Wade Out

i will wade out is the first in the set of Three Songs of Faith. A passionate, sensual text by e.e cummings is set with beauty and care by the composer. Jo-Michael Scheibe Choral Series.

Composer: Eric Whitacre | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB divisi | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| WJMS1052


If : SA : Mary Goetze : Sheet Music : 48019923 : 884088284213

Mary Goetze : If

If freckles were lovely and day was night. In this fun, rhythmic piece for two-part treble choir with piano, the idea of what if? is contemplated. In the end, though, it's decided that things are probably best the way they are. Duration: 3:45.

Arranger: Mary Goetze | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SA | Sheet Music | $1.95 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019923


little fourpaws : SSA : Daniel Brewbaker : Sheet Music : 48019757 : 884088240639

Daniel Brewbaker : little fourpaws

A delicate setting for three-part treble choir of an e.e. cummings text. With piano accompaniment that is supportive of the vocal lines, yet not overpowering, younger and more experienced choirs alike will enjoy the simplicity of this beautiful piece. Duration: ca. 2:00

Arranger: Daniel Brewbaker | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.80 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48019757 | Digital Version Available


little man in a hurry : SATB : Eric Whitacre : Eric Whitacre : Sheet Music : 08753351 : 884088578404

Eric Whitacre : little man in a hurry

Full of colorful contrasts, this final movement from The City and the Sea dances with fun and humor! The rhythmic wordplay and deconstructed syllables of the E.E. Cummings poem hurtle ever faster to the final sudden "stop" for an extraordinary concert finale.

Composer: Eric Whitacre | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08753351 | Digital Version Available


little tree : SATB : Eric Whitacre : Eric Whitacre : Sheet Music : 00869975 : 196288089063

Eric Whitacre : little tree

Commission by Vance George of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, and dedicated to Eric's little sister, this piece features text by e.e. cummings. Note from the Composer: While in my second year at Juilliard (1996) I received a phone call from Vance George, the legendary conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. He wanted to know if I might be interest in a commission for their big Christmas concert, something that would feature their amazing accompanist Marc Shapiro and the smaller choir of 80 singers. The only catch was that it was now the middle of October, and could I please finish the piece by the first of November. I took the commission, of course (how could you say no to Vance George?) and my future wife Hila found for me the timeless E.E. Cummings poem little tree. I started writing as fast as I could and noticed something very strange happening on the page: I was writing with a completely different voice. Part of it was the nature of the poem, but most of it was residue

Composer: Eric Whitacre | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $3.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00869975


Little Tree : SSA : Mark Sirett : Mark Sirett : Sheet Music : 08764409 : 728215037382

Mark Sirett : Little Tree

Dr. Mark Sirett set words from e.e. cummings for soprano and alto chorus. Instrumentation: piano, harp, cello and optional flute. Difficulty Level: Advanced Children or Medium Adult.

Composer: Mark Sirett | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $4.35 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08764409


Open Your Heart : SSAA : Daniel Brewbaker : Sheet Music : 48020760 : 884088455651

Daniel Brewbaker : Open Your Heart

With poetry by e.e. cummings, the text is a tender plea of a lover asking for acceptance of the gift of love with all its mysteries, fantasies, dreams and yearnings. The music reflects these offerings in a lilting waltz-like tempo that floats toward its conclusion with hints of promised fulfillment, expansiveness and peace. Duration: ca. 2:00.

Arranger: Daniel Brewbaker | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSAA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48020760 | Digital Version Available


the moon is hiding in her hair : SATB : Mark Burrows : Mark Burrows : Sheet Music : 35032368 : 888680783488 : 1540032558

Mark Burrows : the moon is hiding in her hair

Rich choral sonorities fill this expressive and contemporary concert setting of an e.e. cummings poem. Thoughtful vocal entrances begin the piece followed by the ebb and flow of dynamics and harmonies, engaging the singer to explore the romantic text.

Composer: Mark Burrows | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.10 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35032368


the moon is hiding in her hair : SATB : Eric Whitacre : Eric Whitacre : Sheet Music : 08753348 : 884088578374

Eric Whitacre : the moon is hiding in her hair

This languorous setting of the E.E. Cummings text features a chaconne-like left hand pattern in the piano along with right hand cluster chords and legato vocal phrases in octaves to create a meditative musical atmosphere.

Composer: Eric Whitacre | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08753348 | Digital Version Available


the/sky/was : SSA : John Leavitt : John Leavitt : Sheet Music : 08602133 : 073999215106

John Leavitt : the/sky/was

An excellent SSA selection, the text of this work by John Leavitt is by the 20th-century poet e.e. cummings. Requiring precision and attention to detail, this short and humorous work will be an excellent choice for contest or festival. Available: SSA. Performance Time: Approx. 1:35.

Composer: John Leavitt | Poetry By: e.e. cummings

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.65 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08602133


Three Choruses From E.E. Cummings : SATB : e.e. cummings : Peter Schickele : Sheet Music : 362-03420

e.e. cummings : Three Choruses From E.E. Cummings

Certainly, the poetry of e. e. cummings has inspired many composers to set words to music, and Schickele answered the call in 1967. We present this important set of earlier Schickele chorals, which in cludes dominic has, dim /I(a, and the delightful maggie and milly and molly and may.

Composer: Peter Schickele

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.85 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 362-03420

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