Ah, Sun-Flower

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:  Embracing the after life.

Range:  C4 – E5

Tessitura:  G4 – Db5

Tempo:  Slow march; (4/4)

Duration:  02:56

Vocal Characteristics: Melody moves in intervals of 3rds; complete rhythmic and pitch independence; no sense of rhythmic pulse;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Three alternating clefs; heavy quintuplet figures; grace notes preceeding; rhythmically challenging; tremolo in interval voices of chords;

Additional Comments: Meter changes are unmarked, despite 4/4 indication; 

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