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little man in a hurry

January 21, 2010 at 10:26 pm UTC

Here are the first four pages of little man in a hurry. This will be the fifth piece in a new choral cycle called The City and the Sea. The other pieces in the set will be: i walked the boulevard; the moon is hiding in her hair; maggie and millie and molly and may; and as is the sea marvelous.

All five pieces (maybe more if I get crazy) are settings of poems by E.E. Cummings; and all five pieces use some variation of my ‘oven-mitt’ technique.

Here is the complete poem:

little man
(in a hurry
full of an
important worry)
halt stop forget relax


(little child
who have tried
who have failed
who have cried)
lie bravely down


big rain
big snow
big sun
big moon


E.E. Cummings

Here are the first four pages:

“little man in a hurry” pgs. 1-4

Apparently, there are thirty-seven different choirs signed on as part of the commissioning consortium. (!) Are you in one of them? I’d love to hear your experience with the piece once you begin rehearsals…


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