Augusta Read Thomas: Your Kiss for Tenor & Piano [Printed Music]

Your Kiss sets a love poem by e.e. cummings, I have found what you are like, and at first glance it is telling that the poem in question is one that exudes love without ever actually mentioning the word itself. Instead, the perfumes conjured by cummings' words slowly float, swirl and eddy in the air until they finally come to rest on the last two words, which furnish the work's title. As with the words, so with the music, as the soprano similarly floats her rhapsodic melismas, and piano chords gently anchor her in Thomas' harmonic fields. Love knows no time, cummings seems to say, and Thomas slows time down with her music to prove his (and her) point. Paul Pellay

Dancers option: Can be performed along with dancer(s) when feasible but the tenor and pianist should remain in the foreground of the performance and should not be “a back-up band” to the dancer(s). Augusta Read Thomas

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"A setting of a love poem e.e. cumming, Your Kiss which dates from 2019 and was first performed at the recording session for this disc! This is not the bon bouche that you might expect. Read Thomas takes cummings' poem (aphoristic certainly but not funny) and uses soprano melismas and placed notes in the piano to make us feel that time is standing still." Planet Hugill

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