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Swimmers
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The text of Swimmers (1921), from a poem by Louis Untermeyer, appeared in the July 1915 issue of Yale Review. Untermeyer, who had musical training, met Ives in about 1944 and was enthusiastic about his vehement and virtuosic setting: ‘It got immediately from the very first notes of the piano, the surge of the sea, the welling up of the waves and a great sense of movement. He took just part of the poem. All that I tried to do in words he was doing in sound.’

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2005

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