i thank You God for most this amazing


A setting of E.E. Cumming’s  joyous outburst in celebration of life. Advanced. SATB a cappella.

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Kallman Creates Publications, Composer Daniel Kallman Kallman Creates Publications

SATB a cappella. There is some divisi. Duration: 3’00”


(Northfield High School Concert Choir, Northfield, MN; Aaron McDermid, conductor)



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Composer’s Notes

This setting of E.E. Cummings’ ecstatic poem was commissioned by the Concert Choir of Northfield High School (MN) and was premiered at the MMEA State Convention in February 2001, conducted by Aaron McDermid. Northfield’s choir was truly exceptional that year, so this really is a college or professional level work. Here is the text:

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any– lifted from the no
of all nothing– human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

–E.E. Cummings (text used by permission)