Proverb I

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:  Setting up the grim view of Blake’s London.

Range:  F#4 – D5

Tessitura:  F#4 – D5

Tempo:  Recitative (broadly)

Duration:  00:50

Vocal Characteristics: Rhythmic and pitch independence; lies in passaggio for baritone

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Five octave flourishes; octave quarter notes in both hands;

Additional Comments:  Lack of meter pulse makes this collaboration a challenge; Proverb I, manuscript contains the marking (quarter =  ), but the indication of 60 is not present; the remainder of the work contains no numerical tempo indication


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