I Will Love You Anywhere - (2001)
with his apologies to Dr. Seuss
for tenor and piano
for Mark and Llisa Burstein
I would love you
in a boat.
I would love you with a goat.
I will love you in the rain.
In the dark. And on a train.
In a car. And in a tree.
You are so good,
so good you see!
So I will love you in a box.
And I will love you
with a fox.
And I will love you in a house.
And I will love you with a
And I will love you here and there.
Say! I will love you
Copyright © 2000 by
Mark Burstein Used by permission.
pages, circa 1' 00"
Mark and Llisa Burstein
writes, "On May Day, 1999, I married the loveliest woman in the world in a
beautiful ceremony whose dual celebrants were Gary Bachlund (in double duty
as Cantor and opera singer) and Richard Fowler, an Episcopal priest. My
toast to my bride was written in verse, and was in part a tribute to my hero
in that regard, Dr. Seuss."
Mark has been
deeply involved in The Lewis Carroll Society of North America
[ 1 ], and, with his father, has collected perhaps as large a private
collection of Carroll memorabilia as there is in the world today. Llisa
Demetrios is a granddaughter of designer Charles Eames, and a fine sculptor
in her own right whose work can be seen at I. Wolk Gallery (at Auberge du
Soleil) and Artists Forum.
This take off of a portion of a Dr. Seuss "classic" was done as a part of
the quixotic romance between Mark and his wife. As it is meant to be both
earnest and fun, E minor allowed movement to varying tonal regions as the
images tumble across one's mind. The fall cascade of notes representing
"rain" is no less figurative than the notated "chug chug" of the train or
the repeated seconds calling to mind an auto horn. The opening gesture,
mirroring the repeated "love you," is repeated thrice, in E minor, then its
sub-mediant and then subdominant, a most standard song pattern here
reflecting a most humorous litany of ways by which one might love another.
Mark has yet to explain how one loves another "with a goat." Some questions
are best left unanswered.
The score is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial
performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement
with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this organ score.
I Will Love You Anywhere