when god decided to invent



No. 52 2015’s 100 Poems.

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

The string part consists of 12 pieces of paper with four non-interecting curves moving from left to right across the entire page. When pages are touching end to end, these lines meet. These lines each represent glissandi to be played by the string quartets, each being assigned three pages each. Pages also my be rotated 180º. Each quartet is also assigned portions of the text to speak as they perform the glissandi (one page per section of text). The piece is fast and frenetic.