Barbara Ulman

Contemporary Classical Music
 
 

Maggie and milly and molly and may

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Composer
Barbara Ulman
Lyricist
E. E. Cummings
Publisher
Barbara Ulman
Genre
Classical / Contemporary
Instrumentation
Piano, Voice
Scored for
Solo, Accompanying piano
Type of score
Piano-vocal score
Duration
2'0"
Language
English
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
1979

Description
For medium voice and piano

This is a neoclassical composition for voice and piano. The piano part begins and ends like a Bach keyboard work with new harmonies. The first and last verses share similar vocal music; the mood of the other verses changes to fit the story of the poem. This song also has a pedagogical purpose: to help vocalists sing a chromatic scale, featured in the fourth verse passage describing molly being chased by a crab.

maggie and milly and molly and may
by E. E. Cummings

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach(to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember
her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a
horrible thing
which raced sideways while
blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth
round stone
as small as a world and as large as
alone.

For whatever we lose(like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

Upload date: 05 Apr 2012
Sheet music file
5.00 USD
PDF, 1.06 Mb (7 p.)
 

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