Three songs from e.e. cummings, Op. 77
Darla Diltz, soprano
John-Morgan Bush, horn
Cliff Jackson, piano
A second cycle using horn, high voice, and piano, these songs attempt to capture some of the whimsicality and eccentricity of this otherwise lyrical and profound poet. The first song, "All in green went my love riding," is a wondrous, Renaissance tapestry depicting the Hunt. The second, one of the most famous of cummings' poems, "supposing I dreamed this)" is a dark love song. The playful "in Just-" depicts children splashing in puddles; the whistling mentioned in the poem is actually performed by the singer (or someone offstage) at the end of the song.
Although the vocal part is intermediate to difficult, the piano part requires some dexterity, and the horn part contains some high writing.