Three Poems by E. E. Cummings [2014]



Nos. 24, 26, and 27 in the 100 Poems project.

A cycle of three poems by E. E. Cummings:

i. love is a place
ii. love’s the i guess most only verb that lives
iii. love is a guess

Like Three Poems by E. E. Cummings [2009], this piece is scored for a pair of unaccompanied male and female voices. It was also written using the same method as Three Poems, a letter-pitch substitution method employed without the use of a keyboard or piano during the compositional process, resulting in a work that reflects my own harmonic instincts, unchecked or second-guessed by hearing the results before the composition is complete. Unlike the 2009 song cycle, however, where each song has its own distinct pitch-class content, all three poems in the this work were composed using a single pitch-class set: [0,2,5,7], which is the result of the letter-pitch substitution for the word “LOVE”. Coincidentally, the [0,2,5,7] set is a palindrome, symmetrical around a center axis, otherwise known as a “mirror set,” which I think is a perfect term to describe two people in love.