yes is a pleasant country

For this New Sounds program, listen to several different new music settings of poems by E.E. Cummings. Hear some from the collection of settings to soundscapes by Evan Sornstein, called Curium. It’s a suite of twenty-two Cummings poems, read by twenty-two different people evenly spaced around the world from Taipei to Glasgow, Sardinia to California. Speaking of Calfornia, we'll hear music from Cali-based Daniel Lentz - a work called The Crack in the Bell, based on a Cummings poem, which uses tape delay and repeated notes to create bent and curved textures of tones. Listen to a new music setting or two by wunderkind composer Eric Whitacre, whose close attention to E.E. Cummings’ poetry brings out the emotion underlying every word. Plus, music by Susanne Abbeuhl and Joan Baez, among others.

PROGRAM # 2610, The “Music” of E.E. Cummings (First aired on 11/28/06)





Joan La Barbara

Singing Through John Cage

Forever And Sunsmell [3:30]

New Albion #035*

Susanne Abbuehl


skies may be blue; yes [7:30]

ECM #1766*

Joan Baez (w/Peter Schickele)


All In Green Went My Love Riding [3:30]

Vanguard #VSD 79275. Available at* Or available on iTunes



yes is a pleasant country [4:00] when god decided to invent [1:30] love is a place [2:30] o by the by [3:00]

Dynamaphone #001 www.dynamo-phone.comOr available on

Daniel Lentz

The Crack In The Bell

the crack in the bell [14:00]

EMI/Angel #49180. Out of print, but try auction sites. There is a reissue of the piece available on a CD called “Wild Turkeys”, from

Eric Whitacre


hope, faith, life, love [4:00] i thank you God for most this amazing day, excerpt [2:00]

Hyperion #67543 ** OR