A Riddle (The Earth)

Poet:  William Soutar (1898-1943)

Source:  Who Are These Children?

Date of Composition:  1969 (Spring-Summer)

Publication: Faber Music, 1972

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  A riddle about the earth. (Scottish dialect)

Range:  C4 – F#5

Tessitura:  G4 – B4

Tempo: Gay; 6/8

Duration:  01:12

Vocal Characteristics: Repetitive; bouncy melody; largest leap is a P5; unison with the piano

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Quick bouncy 6/8 with right hand chords; octaves with the melody of the voice;

Additional Comments: Meter changes randomly; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1144 

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013