Listen to excerpts at the Yelton Rhodes Music site.
- For SATB chorus and piano
- Secular text: poem by Frank O’Hara
- Difficulty rating (1-5): 3
- Published by Yelton Rhodes Music, Inc. (catalog listing)
Today was commissioned and permiered by the Corning West High School (NY) Occidentals, Lorrene Adams, conductor.
Just after our first child was born, he received a lovely poetry anthology from his godmother. I read to him often from it, and was drawn again and again to the same three poems, all by the 20th Century American poet Frank O’Hara. I loved their passionate, specific imagery, their playful energy, the irrepressible love of life they expressed. When my friend Lorrene Adams approached me about a commission for her high school chorus, I didn’t think twice about what texts to set. “Oh! Kangaroos, sequins, chocolate sodas! You really are beautiful!”
Read the text of the Frank O'Hara poems:
- "Autobiographia Literaria"
- "Song (Did you see me walking by the Buick Repairs?)"
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