A Poison Tree

Poet:  William Blake (1757-1827)

Source:  Songs and Proverbs of William Blake

Date of Composition:  1965 (Apr. 6)

Publication: Faber, 1965

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject:  Certain demise of one who holds a grudge.

Range:  Bb3 – Gb5

Tessitura:  Eb4 – Cb5

Tempo:  Slow and solemn; 4/2

Duration:  03:55

Vocal Characteristics: Opening phrases are very supported by piano, but as the friendship sours, the relationship of voice and piano follows; requires pitch and rhythmic independence; decrescendo on ascending arpeggio to Gb5; full gamut of dynamics

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Requires varying advanced techniques; eighth note triplet chords between hands followed by sustained chords; individual, yet related, lines moving in different rhythms between hands; full range of dynamic color

Additional Comments: pp. 13, the manuscript does not contain the indication with movement

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013