i thank you God for most this amazing day, for SATB a cappella chorus (2016)
The poetry of e e cummings (1894 – 1962) contains incredibly nuanced and expressive prosody, and suggests all manner of musical possibilities. Part of what makes this poetry sing off the page is the poet’s distinct use of punctuation. He seems to be almost dictating the flow of his words, which provides the composer with ample direction in setting the text to music.
i thank you God explores the miraculous joy of being alive in this moment and the deep gratitude for everything contained in it, “which is natural which is infinite which is yes”. Though not a traditional sacred text, it nevertheless praises and glorifies God for all the beauties of nature that make up this “most amazing day,” and for all that nature does to ingratiate our senses and entirety of being. Out of all of this excitement of being alive on this most amazing day, the poet asks, “how should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing any… doubt unimaginable You?”