E.E. Cummings and Me

My choral work My father moved through dooms of love, based on E.E. Cummings, received a lovely premiere in New York last night, with James Bagwell conducting the Dessoff Choir, Rachel Handman playing solo violin, and Steven Ryan on piano. I’ve posted the recording. Rachel was nearer the microphone than the chorus was, with the result that the violin is a little overly foregrounded on the recording; heard from inside Merkin Hall, she slipped more easily into and out of the choral texture, which was my intention. The text can be found here among other places, and a PDF of the score is available here (click on “choral”). Jeff Lunden’s interview with me about the work here. That’s all the info there is.


  1. David Cavlovic says

    Isn’t that supposed to be e.e.cummings? Did you write the whole score in lower-case notes?
    KG replies: I don’t know the whole story, but the idea of writing Cummings’s name all lower-case was apparently not his idea, he didn’t like it, and the trend lately has been to go back to caps. There’s more about it on the internet somewhere, but given what I read, I switched.
    See Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.E._Cummings
    And more: http://www.gvsu.edu/english/cummings/caps.htm