it may not always be so

Music inspired on poems by E. E. Cummings

Dive for Dreams

It May Not Always Be So

It Is At Moments After I Have Dreamed

Because You Take Life In Your Stride

I Have Loved Let Us See If That’s All

I Have Seen Her A Stealthily Frail

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E.E. Cummings (1894-1962) is one of my favorite poets. My first contact with his poetry was through a book containing a selection of his most well-known poems.

While reading them, I immediately thought that it would be amazing and challenging to put into music those powerful and, at the same time, delicate words.

The first challenge was to choose the poems that I wanted to write music for. I made a first selection of 12 poems and I ended up with 9 poems.
The album has 10 tracks, the last one is an orchestral version of the poem “It may not always be so” being the original version for piano solo.
So, in this album, there is a selection of his poems – my favorite ones.

In my opinion, “It may not always be so” is one of the most beautiful poems ever written (and it is my favorite poem of Cummings) so, I had no doubt that the title of the album was going to be “It may not always be so”.

it may not always be so; and i say
that if your lips,which i have loved,should touch
another’s,and your dear strong fingers clutch
his heart,as mine in time not far away;
if on another’s face your sweet hair lay
in such silence as i know,or such
great writhing words as,uttering overmuch,
stand helplessly before the spirit at bay;

if this should be,i say if this should be—
you of my heart,send me a little word;
that i may go unto him,and take his hands,
saying,Accept all happiness from me.
Then shall i turn my face,and hear one bird
sing terribly afar in the lost lands

Source: Hello Poetry Website

My biggest challenge was how to pass on all the underlying emotions of those powerful words and how to describe, through music, all the feelings that those poems evoke in me.

Before starting to write a song I read several times the poem that was going to inspire that song and when I was writing it I had the poem in front of me so I could really feel those words and try to put them into music.

When I started to think about the sound that I wanted for this album, I realized that I wanted a more intimate sound and mood, so I didn’t want to write for a big orchestra. I ended up writing some songs for piano solo and other songs for piano and string quartet. There’s also a version for string orchestra of one of the songs.

I think that the final result was what I really desired for the album.

With this album, I want to present my vision on these poems and I really hope to take the listener on a musical journey into the world of E.E. Cummings’ poetry.

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