Echo

Poet:  Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)

Source: The Poet’s Echo

Date of Composition:  1965 (Aug. 23)

Publication: Faber Music Ltd., 1967*

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject:  Like the echo, the poet’s voice is not returned.

Range:  C4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  F4 – C5

Tempo: Largamente; 6/4

Duration:  04:23

Vocal Characteristics: Challenging vocal lines demand advanced technique

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Piano does “echo” the vocal melody; highly complex harmonic, chromatic landscape; repetitive lines echoing both the voice and the piano itself

Additional Comments: Multiple meter changes; key is irrelevant; markings in parenthesis of dynamic are not editors markings, but Britten’s; they do appear in the manuscript; *Translations in the Faber by Pears; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1123

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013