A Poison Tree

Poet:  William Blake (1757-1827)

Source:  The Red Cockatoo & other songs

Date of Composition:  1935  (Mar. 2)

Publication:  Faber Music Limited © 1994

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject: Seeds of bitterness grow and destroy

Range:  C#3– F#4

Tessitura:  A3 – D4

Tempo: Allegro moderato; 4/4

Duration:  02:55

Vocal Characteristics: Declamatory; dynamic variety; chromatic ascending lines

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics:  Detached, aggressive, syncopated, eighth and sixteenth rhythms; triplet stirring in bass clef with counter melody in treble clef

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