who knows if the moon’s a balloon? (SSAA & Piano)

SSAA with piano accompaniment (1999 rev. 2006) ca. 3’
e.e. cummings, Text.
Commissioned by the Piedmont Choirs, for use in the International Choral Olympics in Linz, Austria, July, 2000.

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Text:

who knows if the moon’s
a balloon, coming out of a keen city
in the sky—filled with pretty people?
(and if you and I should

get into it, if they
should take me and take you into their balloon,
why then
we’d go up higher with all the pretty people

than houses and steeples and clouds:
go sailing
away and away into a keen
city which nobody’s ever visited, where

always
it’s
Spring)and everyone’s
In love and flowers pick themselves

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

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