i carry your heart with me

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB div.

It is for music like this that Abbie Betinis's style is called "inventive, richly melodic" (The New York Times). This short piece for mixed chorus has lush harmonies and leaping melodies which honor E. E. Cummings's beautiful text:

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)

[full text below]

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Catalog Number: 
AB-023-01
Duration: 
3:00
Total Pages: 
8
Commissioned By: 
Pam & Jesse, for their wedding
Text
Text Author or Source: 
E. E. Cummings
Language: 
English
Text: 

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)

                                                        i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

     
     

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"i carry your heart with me(i carry it in". Copyright 1952, © 1980, 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust, from COMPLETE POEMS: 1904-1962 by E.E. Cummings, edited by George J. Firmage. Used by permission of Liveright Publishing Corporation.