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when faces called flowers float out of the ground

By Elizabeth Alexander

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Mixed Chorus (SATB choir a cappella) - Moderately Advanced
Composed by Elizabeth Alexander. Collegiate Repertoire, Community Chorus, Concert Music. Seasonal-Spring, Secular, Choral. Octavo. With Text language: English. Duration 3 minutes. Published by Seafarer Press (SF.SEA-006-02).

Item Number: SF.SEA-006-02

Poem by e.e. cummings, "when faces called flowers float out of the ground".

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. Winner of the Brookline Chorus Composition Competition. "when faces called flowers float out of the ground" is the middle movement of "Spring Revels."

Commissioned by Festival Choir of Madison; Eric Townell, conductor (Madison, WI) Winner: Brookline Chorus Composition Competition (Spring Revels)

Text: 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) "when faces called flowers float out of the ground," from Complete Poems, 1904-1962, by E.E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Used with the permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation. Copyright 1923, 1925, 1926, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1939, 1940 and 1944-1962 by E. E. Cummings. Copyright 1961, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968 by Marion Morehouse Cummings. Copyright 1972-1991 by the Trustees for the E.E. Cummings Trust. Reprinted by permission.

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