Pronunciation of "&" in Cummings Choruses by Persichetti
Date: March 21, 2014
My chamber choir is working on Four Cummings Choruses by Vincent Persichetti. The texts are by the poet ee cummings. Sprinkled throughout are "&"s, since Persichetti is trying to stay true to ee cummings and has not changed the texts. I have thought there was not any big deal about the pronunciation of "&"---I was having my singers pronounce it "an" or more accurately "an' " but Tuesday a soprano asked if I wanted it "and" before the word "worlds"....sigh.....is there a rule I don't know about?
I have googled, youtubed and done other online research to see if I hear a difference but the spoken poems sound like "an" to me. I own a copy of ee cummings collected poems and have read the poem in question,aloud, myself, seeing if there was an internal rythme I wasn't hearing with the music...doesn't seem to be.
Am I over thinking? Help!
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