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when faces called flowers float out of the ground

A whimsical (and amorous!) song of spring
Poet/Lyricist: 
e. e. cummings
Commissioned by the Festival Choir of Madison / Eric Townell
Winner of the Brookline Chorus Composition Competition

Floating flowers, climbing fish, diving birds — only e. e. cummings could create such a spring!   This playful musical setting is as buoyant as the poem, full of surprising modulations, metric variety and a few amorous asides.  when faces called flowers float out of the ground is the second movement of Spring Revels.

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-006-02 SATB a cappella - Choral Score
3' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_faces_called_flowers_float_out_of_the_ground.mp3 Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-006-02DEL SATB a cappella - Choral Score
3' MA https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/samples/when_faces_called_flowers_float_out_of_the_ground.mp3 Licensed PDF $3.00
SEA-CD-01 Finally on My Way to Yes - CD
60' https://seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/sites/seafarerpress.advantagelabs.com/files/works_variant_audio_files/finally_on_my_way_to_yes_0.mp3 CD $7.00

when faces called flowers float out of the ground

Poem by e.e. cummings

when faces called flowers float out of the ground
and breathing is wishing and wishing is having —
but keeping is downward and doubting and never
- it's april (yes,april;my darling)it's spring!
yes the pretty birds frolic as spry as can fly
yes the little fish gambol as glad as can be
(yes the mountains are dancing together)

when every leaf opens without any sound
and wishing is having and having is giving —
but keeping is doting and nothing and nonsense
- alive;we're alive,dear:it's(kiss me now)spring!
now the pretty birds hover so she and so he
now the little fish quiver so you and so i
(now the mountains are dancing,the mountains)

when more than was lost has been found has been found
and having is giving and giving is living —
but keeping is darkness and winter and cringing
- it's spring(all our night becomes day)o, it's spring!
all the pretty birds dive to the heart of the sky
all the little fish climb through the mind of the sea
(all the mountains are dancing;are dancing)

Performers: 

Spring Revels (complete work)
Premiere: Cayuga Vocal Ensemble / G. Roberts Kolb (Ithaca, NY)
Broadmoor Chamber Singers / Rebecca Kenneally (Natick, MA)
Brookline Chorus / William Cutter (Brookline, MA)
Cayuga Vocal Ensemble / Carl Johengen. 5th Annual Poetry and Song Concert (Ithaca, NY)
Chamber Singers of Iowa City / Martin Dicke (Iowa City, IA)
CoroAllegro / Jack Warren Burnam (Wilmington, DE)
Hamilton College Choir / Rob Kolb (Rochester and Buffalo, NY; Cincinnati and Cleveland Heights, OH; Evanston and Kenilworth, IL)
Harmonium Choral Society / Ann Matlack
Harmonium Choral Society / Ann Matlack (Madison, NJ; Geraldine R Dodge Poetry Festival in Waterloo Village, NJ)
Lively Experiment of University of Rhode Island / Mark Conley (Kingston, RI)
South Bend Chamber Singers / Nancy Menk (South Bend, IN)

I. April Rain Song
From Age to Age / Peter Durow (Anoka, MN)
Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington D.C. / C Paul Heins (Washington, DC)
Oriana Choir / Dominic Peckham. Bir Miftuħ International Music Festival (Gudja, MALTA)
Oriana Choir / Dominic Peckham. Sammy Ofer Gallery, Cutty Sark, Greenwich (London, ENGLAND)
Southern Nazarene University Chorale / Brent Ballweg (Okalahoma City, OK)
Festival Choir of Madison / Bryson Mortenson (Madison, WI)
VocalEssence / Philip Brunelle. Annual Witness Concert (Minneapolis, MN)

II. when faces called flowers float out of the ground
College Hill Singers / G Roberts Kolb (Clinton, NY)
Minnesota Oratorio Society / George Chu (St. Paul, MN)

III. Spring Grass
Premiere: Festival Choir of Madison / Eric Townell (Madison, WI)
CoroAllegro / Jeffrey Dokken (Wilmington, DE)

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