Thanksgiving (1956)

  (2015)

Synopsis

No. 68 of 2015’s 100 Poems.

A setting of E. E. Cummings’ eponymous poem.

Cummings wrote Thanksgiving (1956) as a response to the U.S. failure to aid the Hungarian revolutionaries during a 13-day uprising against the Soviet Union which began on October 23, 1956. In this spirit, I used the Hungarian national anthem (pictured right) as the basis for the melody of this piece.

A large choir is to sing, unaccompanied, in three parts. The piece is patriotic and melancholy as moments of soaring hope are intercut between those of loss and defeat.