Nightmare

Poet:  William Soutar (1898-1943)

Source:  Who Are These Children?

Date of Composition:  1969 (Spring-Summer)

Publication: Faber Music, 1972

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  There lies a fine line between nightmare and reality.

Range:  C4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  G4 – D5

Tempo: Quietly; no meter

Duration:  02:27

Vocal Characteristics: Vocal line does not rhythmically align with the piano at all times; short phrases; requires pitch independence; ascending sixths to top of range then quick descents;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Consistent repetitive figure of seven eighth notes; sections are marked as repeat with no notation; intervals in left hand while the ostinato repeats above; requires full attention to the singer to line up phrases

Additional Comments: Meter changes often; requires sophisticated collaboration due to the lack of rhythmic pulse; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1144

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013