Thou hast made me

Poet:  John Donne (c.1572-1631)

Source:  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Date of Composition: 1945 (Aug. 9)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1946

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject: Do not let your creation die.

Range:  D4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  G4 – Eb5

Tempo: Presto agitato; 2/2

Duration:  01:26

Vocal Characteristics: Independent vocal line; quickly moving 4 ms. phrases; syllabic setting of text; a couple of sustained G5 with decrescendo

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Ascending and descending chromatic scales (single note and octave) trading off between hands at a quick tempo

Additional Comments: Numerical tempo indication is not in the manuscript; manuscript contains many fingering suggestions not in the score; pp. 35, mm. 2 and 5, the text “flesh” and “weigh” are written in large uppercase letters in the manuscript; manuscript indicates the duration as 1:20

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013