Since she whom I loved

Poet:  John Donne (c.1572-1631)

Source:  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Date of Composition: 1945 (Aug. 8)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1946

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject: My love has died.

Range:  E4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  G4 – F5

Tempo: Adagio molto rubato; 3/4

Duration:  03:36

Vocal Characteristics: Smooth and legato line; some high-lying phrases; duple against consistent triple in the piano; nebulous quality due to lack of strong rhythmic pulse

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Consistent, rocking triplet figures in both hands throughout; much dynamic contrast

Additional Comments: Numerical tempo indication is not in the manuscript; manuscript indicates the tempo as “Andante molto rubato;” pp. 25, in the manuscript the f indicated at mm. 11 occurs two measures earlier on the downbeat of mm. 9; manuscript indicates the duration as 3:50


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