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Comment 12 of 312, added on February 21st, 2005 at 10:23 AM.

My choir at school is doing this as one of our spring pieces. I think it
is absolutely stunning. The poem is my favorite of e.e. cummings. Its
beautiful without the music. Its beuatiful with the music.

anonymous lucy from United States
Comment 11 of 312, added on February 16th, 2005 at 10:14 PM.

I am currently a senior in hour high school choir (Northwestern
Troubadours, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC) and we are currently
in the process of learning and performing this song for competition and
spring show. I discovered Eric Whitacre's music only 3 years ago with his
work Water Night. Since then I have been in love with his music, as his
ability to paint this mental beautiful picture in your mind and help you
FEEL and be a PART of the MUSIC. Then just this past fall i have come
better to know the work of e.e. cummings. Both of the works themselves are
almost beyond words; however, being a spiritual person i feel the best way
to describe it is "God-inspired" in which case, is truly magnificent. I
myself love the arts, especially music. I feel a world and life without
music would be boring and pointless. I don't know why I'm writing so much
but I just found it amazing to see so many had done the piece that I'm
currently working on with my fellow classmates. This 'prayer' serves as
the perfect inspiration for me, and just the thought that I get to work on
producing this beautiful piece of music for God and others, during 2nd
block at school, makes me want to go to school. I agree with all of you,
two thumbs up and three cheers for both Whitacre and cummings!!!

Brandon from United States
Comment 10 of 312, added on February 7th, 2005 at 2:58 PM.

The artist John August Swanson uses the whole text of E.E.Cummings' "i
thank You God for this most amazing" as part of the content of a print
artwork. John works with vibrant colors, often using about 50 prints of
different colors for his works. I have a framed copy in my office,
together with copies of the poem for this who want one.

Ken Buhr from United States
Comment 9 of 312, added on January 26th, 2005 at 8:27 PM.

A fine SSATTB musical setting was composed by Elliot Z. Levine of the
Western Wind Ensemble. This snappy setting uses backbeats and interwoven
voicings to communicate the mode and ideas of the poem. The tune sticks in
your head. My choral group is performing it this spring. CD or score can
be obtained from www.westernwind.org.

Tom from United States
Comment 8 of 312, added on January 13th, 2005 at 8:51 AM.

This is a most beautiful poem. I know of two recordings that are easy to
find- one of the whitacre setting is found on the cd Eric Whitacre-Complete
A Cappella works recorded by BYU Chamber choir.
The SSA Gwenyth Walker setting can be found here-

Comment 7 of 312, added on December 15th, 2004 at 5:28 PM.

this poem has hung over my desk for over 14 years; it lifts my heart each
time I read it, say it, think it. It is the "gift" I am giving to my
dearest friends, on the eve of my moving across the country. Are the
musical settings on tape or disk?

rabbi tsurah august from United States
Comment 6 of 312, added on November 5th, 2004 at 3:29 PM.

I've never had the privilage to sing this, but I do have a little story
about this poem. In high school, every morning a different student was
selected to read our morning prayer over the intercom. Each student was
allowed to select their own prayer. Most students just went with the
"common" prayers, but not me! I chose to read "i thank you God" by ee
cummings. Boy, did I get weird looks afterwards. But this poem moved me;
I so totally understood what he was saying. I guess to appreciate this as
a prayer, one must be in touch with their spiritual side.

Gael from United States
Comment 5 of 312, added on November 3rd, 2004 at 10:24 AM.

I have sang the SSA Gwyneth Walker arr. Its wonderful! I am looking to
arrange the text myself.

Comment 4 of 312, added on October 20th, 2004 at 1:21 PM.

There are actually at least 14 choral settings of this poem. In addition to
Eric Whitacre's setting, Gwyneth Walker's and Lloyd Pfautsch's are also
frequently performed.

Beth from United States
Comment 3 of 312, added on October 19th, 2004 at 2:09 PM.

How funny, I was just listening to Eric Whitacre's rendition of this poem.
It's so beautiful. It gets stuck in my head so often. I agree, Whitacre
most definitely has done this poem justice. Three cheers for e. e. cummings
and Eric Whitacre!

Melinda from United States

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