Bed-time

Poet:  William Soutar (1898-1943)

Source:  Who Are These Children?

Date of Composition:  1969 (Spring-Summer)

Publication: Faber Music, 1972

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  Its time for my children to go to bed. (Scottish dialect)

Range:  Db4 – Gb5

Tessitura:  F4 – C5

Tempo: Slowly moving; 4/4

Duration:  00:58

Vocal Characteristics: Two repeated phrases; leaps of 7ths followed by descending line in sequential statements; 

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Doubles vocal line; seconds in both hands; rolled chords

Additional Comments: Meter changes; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1144

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