how

  (2015)

Synopsis

No. 23 of 2015’s 100 Poems. A setting of the eponymous E. E. Cummings poem.

The notation for how resembles that of Feldman’s De Kooning, where each part’s rhythms relates to that of the others. In this case, the vocal part leads the ensemble by performing his line independent of the other instruments. The viola, guitar, and piano have dotted lines stemming from the vocal line to indicate where their notes should be played. The instruments’ durations are not precisely notated, however; there are ranges for entrances and exits.

The image to the right is the first page of the original sketch.

The work is dedicated to Nicola Kriefall.