No. 77 of 2015’s 100 Poems.
A setting of E. E. Cummings’ eponymous poem.
The piece is grand in scale and represents a shift in my work toward music which explores a less intimate tone. It’s no secret that I have an affinity for the quiet and quaint. However, 2015 saw an exploration of the loud and expansive, with pieces like what is a voyage? and Thanksgiving (1956). (beLls? takes its inspiration from a cacophony of bells themselves and capturing that in the percussive nature of the pianos, the rapidity of notes from the violin, and the unmatched resonance of the choir. The piece also features some indeterminate moments, such as each person in the choir individually choosing which pitches to sing, the effect being one of spontaneity, entropy, and bacchanalia.