100 Poems at the Year’s End

At the beginning of the year I made a resolution: to set to music 100 poems by E. E. Cummings. So I did. I’ve never composed so much in such a short time. I doubled my entire compositional repertoire. It was more than just an exercise in stamina, it was an exercise in creativity, having to make each piece sound different, to imbue each one with its own aural identity. I hope someday to hear them all.

And it is on this first day day of 2015 that I make the resolution to do it again, to set 100 poems more. And to keep doing so, 100 poems a year, each year, until I’ve set E. E. Cummings’ entire poetic output. At this rate, I’ll finish when I’m about 55 years old. But what’s a life without goals?

So who wants to help me plan a recital?

Here’s a complete and numbered list of this year’s works:

1. IKEY(GOLDBERG)’S WORTH I’M
2. s.ti:rst;hiso,nce;ma:n
3. !
4. my lady is an ivory garden 
5. Lady,i will touch you with my mind.
6. pieces(in darker
7. who are you,little i
8. a like a
9. n w
10. sentinel robins two
11. off the pane(the
12. rainsweet
13. applaws)
14, 15, 16. Three Poems for Tenor
17. Doveglion
18. for Sean Harold
19. o to be in finland
20. insu nli gh t
21. the sky
22. IN)
23. annie died the other day
24, 26, 27. Three Poems by E. E. Cummings
25. for Cecelia
28. D-re-A-mi-N-gl-Y
29, 30, 31, 32, 33. Five Songs of War
34, 35, 36, 37, 38. Two Women
39. for Christiana Little
40, 41, 42. Three Songs of Rest
43, 44, 45, 46. Four Songs of Life
47, 48, 49, 50. Four Poems by E. E. Cummings
51. Three Women
52. i walked the boulevard
53. brIght
54. 102
55. plato told
56. a thrown a
57. wild(at our first)beasts uttered human words
58. Night shall eat these girls and boys.
59. air,
60. Couplet
61, 68, 69, 71. Four Songs for Baritone
62. the(oo)is
63. a politician is an arse upon
64. un
65. youful
66. & sun &
67. beware beware beware
70. Summer Song
72. r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r
73. out of bigg
74. Tumbling-hair
75. plant Magic dust
76. Young m
77. fl
78. a gr
79. n
80. n
81. this
82. love is the every only god
83. from the cognoscenti of radaw leschin
84. may i feel said he
85. this is a rubbish of human rind
86. no time ago
87. e
88. !blac
89. never could anyone
90. mr u will not be missed
91. or who and who)
92. may i be gay
93. twi-
94. wee people
95. cont)-
96. says ol man no body—
97. economic secu
98. this(that
99. Songbook: Jimmie’s got a goil
100. Hokku

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