Canticle III

Poet:  Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

Source:  single piece

Date of Composition: 1954 (27 Nov.)

Publication:  Boosey & Company © 1955

 Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

 Subject: An allegory of the British people during the Second World War.

Range:  C4 – G5

Tessitura:  Bb4 – F5

Tempo: Slow and distant; 5/4

Duration:  11:41

 Vocal Characteristics: Multi-sectioned, but each begins with sobbing tears motive; secondo passaggio oriented vocal lines; highly chromatic; nearly all recitative style with little rhythmic impulse; demands independence; Sprechstimme

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Varying styles; open chords, declamatory, jumpy, staccato eighth note chords; tremolo; twelve tone;

 Additional Comments: Obligatto horn; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1049

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