float

  (2015)

Synopsis

No. 72 of 2015’s 100 Poems.

A setting of floatfloafloflf, by E. E. Cummings.

A work in 8 connected movements.

  1. long, sustained tones
  2. aperiodic glissandi on a single word, breathy vocalizations
  3. variations on inhalations and exhalations; wild glissandi
  4. open form section featuring sung and spoken text
  5. indeterminate and determined pitches; glissandi as in 2.
  6. a graph which determines the dynamics and duration of 15 possible morpheme combinations
  7. very quiet spoken and sung text
  8. a large pause; natural speech and sprechstimme

The overall effect of the piece is the audible representation of the way the text in written on the page.