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Comment 10 of 320, 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 320, 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 320, 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-
http://www.gwynethwalker.com/ithankyo.html

Lyn
Comment 7 of 320, 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 320, 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 320, 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.

Becca
Comment 4 of 320, 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 320, 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
Comment 2 of 320, added on October 14th, 2004 at 10:23 AM.

Mike, the SATB choir setting may have been an arrangement by Eric Whitacre.
His music truly does the poetry justice. Like you, I start many days with
the words to this poem in my mind. I had the privelege of singing the
piece under the direction of Eric Whitacre himself, and all I can say is...
e.e. cummings would surely be anazed at what has been done with his work.

Luke from United States
Comment 1 of 320, added on September 23rd, 2004 at 10:18 AM.

I first learned of this poem as an SATB choir setting (unfortuntely, I do
not remember the composer).

Ever since, these are the first words that come to my mouth when a
breathtaking day arrives.

It might not be a visually interesting day, but a day that simply arrests
your very being for any reason.

This poem is the answer to that days question.

Mike from United States

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