Composer: 
Brian W. Holmes
Disposition
Format: 
Mixed Choir
Voicing: 
SATB
Incidental Divisi: 
S
Instrumentation: 
Unaccompanied
Notation: 
Standard
Duration & Difficulty
Performance Length: 
9'
Difficulty Level: 
Unrated
Evaluation Materials
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Multi-movement work: 
Yes
Allow Excerpts: 
Yes
Performance History
Date Completed: 
August 2009
Premiere Date: 
March 14, 2010
Premiering Conductor: 
Magen Solomon
Premiering Ensemble: 
San francisco Choral Artists
Premiere Venue: 
St. Mark's, San Francisco, CA
Performance History: 
  • March 19,20,21 2010, San Francisco Choral Artists
  • November 2010, Fresno State Chamber Chorale, Anna Hamre conductor
  • 12/10 Freudig Singers, Buffalo NY, Roland Martin, conductor
  • 03/11 Denison University Chamber Singers, Wei Cheng, conductor
  • Recording of one number by Vox Reflexa, Benjamin Geier, conductor
Text
Language(s): 
English
Text Source: 
E. E. Cummings
Text: 

1. in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
 
whistles          far          and wee
 
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it's
spring
 
when the world is puddle-wonderful
 
the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
 
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
 
it's
spring
and
 
         the
 
                  goat-footed
 
balloonMan          whistles
far
and
wee
 
2. hist      whist

hist      whist
little ghostthings
tip-toe
twinkle-toe

little twitchy
witches and tingling
goblins
hob-a-nob     hob-a-nob

little hoppy happy
toad in tweeds
tweeds
little itchy mousies

with scuttling
eyes    rustle and run     and
hidehidehide
whisk

whisk     look out for the old woman
with the wart on her nose
what she’ll do to yer
nobody knows

for she knows the devil     ooch
the devil     ouch
the devil
ach     the great

green
dancing
devil
devil

devil
devil

        wheeEEE
3.  when god lets my body be

when god lets my body be

from each brave eye shall sprout a tree
fruit that dangles therefrom

the purpled world will dance upon
between my lips which did sing

a rose shall beget the spring
that maidens whom passion wastes

will lay between their little breasts
my strong fingers beneath the snow

into strenuous birds shall go
my love walking in the grass

their wings will touch with her face
and all the while shall my heart be
with the bulge and nuzzle of the sea
 
 
4.  Buffalo Bill’s

Buffalo Bill's
        defunct
               who used to
               ride a watersmooth-silver
                                        stallion
        and break onetwothreefourfive pigeonsjustlikethat
                                                         Jesus
        he was a handsome man
                             and what i want to know is
        how do you like your blueeyed boy
        Mister Death

Sources for Scores
Contact for performance materials: 

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