i carry your heart with me


Text by e. e. cummings
SATB voices a cappella
Published by Fresh Ayre Music

This piece was written as a wedding gift for my friends Jill and Jason. It was guided in part by listening to recordings of the poet reading his works. Cummings has a distinctively melodic lilt in his delivery – at once offhand and passionate, earthy and erudite –  which I found an engaging model in shaping the melodic contours of the music.

Perusal Score (click to view)

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i carry your heart with me
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)


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