viva sweet love

SSAA, piano

"viva sweet love" was composed for the Lincoln Center debut of the choral ensembles of Oregon State University. This richly emotive poem bursts with energy and joy, perfectly capturing the essence of saying "yes" to love.
Fun abounds in this setting. "viva sweet love" should be sung in an extravagant manner, as it is alternately driving and sensuous, explosive and tender, bold and shimmering.

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Belle Voce Womens Chorus (Oregon State University)
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Belle Voce
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Tina Bull
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Edward Estlin Cummings

"sweet spring is your 

time is my time is our 

time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love"

(all the merry little birds are

flying in the floating in the

very spirits singing in

are winging in the blossoming

lovers go and lovers come

awandering awondering

but any two are perfectly

alone there’s nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a sun

i never knew and neither did you

and everybody never breathed

quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves

each herself by opening

but shining who by thousands mean

only one amazing thing

(secretly adoring shyly

tiny winging darting floating

merry in the blossoming

always joyful selves are singing)

"sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime 

and viva sweet love"