So Many Selves

from by Matthew Neil Andrews

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Composed spring 1999, on a sonnet by e.e. cummings; performed in California and Massachusetts throughout 1999 and 2000, and recorded in the fall of 2000.

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so many selves(so many fiends and gods
each greedier than every)is a man
(so easily one in another hides;
yet man can,being all,escape from none)

so huge a tumult is the simplest wish:
so pitiless a massacre the hope
most innocent(so deep's the mind of flesh
and so awake what waking calls asleep)

so never is most lonely man alone
(his briefest breathing lives some planet's year,
his longest life's a heartbeat of some sun;
his least unmotion roams the youngest star)

—how should a fool that calls him 'I' presume
to comprehend not numerable whom?

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from Vanguard Recitals, released May 17, 2016
Music composed by Matthew Andrews; words by e.e. cummings.

Performed by: Erica Strauss, soprano; Kemp Smeal, piano.

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Works in progress hosted at: soundcloud.com/matthew-neil-andrews

Mr. Andrews (Math to his friends), composer-drummer-percussionist-producer-dj-arranger, is a member of Cascadia Composers and currently studies composition and percussion at PSU's School of Music. ... more

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