Batter my heart

Poet:  John Donne (c.1572-1631)

Source:  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Date of Composition: 1945 (Aug. 6)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1946

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject: Oppress me, to raise me up.

Range:  C#4 – A5

Tessitura:  G4 – Gb5

Tempo: Presto agitato; 4/8

Duration:  01:28

Vocal Characteristics: Wordy, high-lying, fast melody; alternates between triple and duple syncopation feel in vocal line; sustained two measures above the staff; constant changing of accidental chromatic pitches

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Constantly driving triple sixteenth-note figure; contrary motion between hands;

Additional Comments: Numerical tempo indication is not in the manuscript; p. 9, ms. 6, the piano indication of sempre piu f is not in the manuscript; p. 10, ms. 1, the manuscript contains the marking (3/2) on beat four, possibly a fingering; manuscript indicates the duration as 1:10

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