London

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:  A dark view of Blake’s London.

Range:  D4 – Gb5

Tessitura:  Ab4 – Eb5

Tempo:  Very agitated; 2/2-3/2

Duration:  01:50

Vocal Characteristics: High lying for the baritone voice; phrases seem to have pauses rather than rests; requires complete pitch and rhythm independence

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Running quintuplets above triplets in the left hand;

Additional Comments: 2/2 to 3/2 meter change is not in a strict pattern

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