The Chimney Sweeper

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 tale of neglectful parents.

Range:  C4 – F#5

Tessitura:  F#4 – D5

Tempo:  Rather slow, cold; 6/8

Duration:  02:21

Vocal Characteristics: Pointillistic, 12-tone, exposed melody; high-lying phrases for baritone; low dynamic levels throughout;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Both hands in treble clef; rhythmically complex; quintuplets; 32nd notes; flourishes with varying rhythmic figures; septulets between hands


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