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The New E.E. Cummings Settings (With Video!)

July 1, 2009 at 4:40 pm UTC

Charles Anthony Silvestri’s beautiful new bride, Pam, hid in the hall of Avery Fisher and captured the dress rehearsal of the June 28 concert. She used the new iPhone (3g s), which did a pretty decent job of capturing the sound and video from such a distance (and low light).

These performances are a little rough around the edges – we nailed them during the concert – but I think they nicely capture the spirit.

Here is the moon is hiding in her hair:

And here is i walked the boulevard:

And here are the texts:

the moon is hiding in her hair

the moon is hiding in
her hair.
of heaven
full of all dreams,
draws down.

cover her briefness in singing
close her with intricate faint birds
by daisies and twilights
Deepen her,

upon her
the rain’s

pearls singly-whispering.

E.E. Cummings


i walked the boulevard

i walked the boulevard

i saw a dirty child
skating on noisy wheels of joy

pathetic dress fluttering

behind her a mothermonster
with red grumbling face

cluttered in pursuit

pleasantly elephantine

while nearby the father

a thick cheerful man

with majestic bulbous lips
and forlorn piggish hands

joked to a girlish bore

with busy rhythmic mouth
and silly purple eyelids

of how she was with child

E.E. Cummings


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