and flowers pick themselves

5 Songs for High Voice and Orchestra on poems by e.e. cummings

Texts by e.e. cummings

Published by Theodore Presser Company

Duration: 21 min.

Voices: High Voice

Instrumentation: Solo Piano OR Solo High Vx.; 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2 – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.

Premiere: October 29, 2005. Melanie Helton, soprano, Michigan State University Orchestra, conducted by Raphael Jiminez; East Lansing, MI

Commission: A Michigan State University Sesquicentennial Commission Funded by the Office for Research and Graduate Affairs and the College of Arts and Letters for Melanie Helton

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1. i thank You God for most this amazing
2. why did you go
3. Thy fingers make early flowers of
4. anyone lived in a pretty how town
5. who knows if the moon’s a balloon


These are corrections to the edition published by Theodore Presser Co.

“i thank you god for most this amazing”

Bar 80-the 2nd note in the L.H. should be a C (M2nd up)
Bar 81-the 2nd note should be a D(M3rd up)

“thy fingers make early flowers of”

Bar 34, the C in the L.H. at the end of the Bar should be tied to the chord in 35

“anyone lived in a pretty how town”

Page 21, Bar 97: There is an upper layer in the L.H which should be an eighth rest, an G, quarter note, first line, and then an A quarter note, first space, and then a G eighth note, first line, tied to the next bar…a G half note the lower voice should just be an eighth rest, and then a C eighth note tied to a C half note which ties to the next bar…as a half note… the top line should be slurred (PDF example)

“why did you go”

Page 9, Bar 21, the C octave in the L.H. on beat one should be 8vb
Bar 24, the 2nd beat in the L.H., the F should be up an octave so the interval is a 7th