A Widow Bird

Poet:  Percy Shelley (1792-1822)

Source: single song

Date of Composition:  1930 (18 Sep.)

Publication: manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  Song of sorrow

Range:  E4 – E#5

Tessitura:  G4 – D5

Tempo:  Poco Lento; 3/4

Duration:  00:55

Vocal Characteristics: Ascending perf. 5th & aug. 4th leaps into passaggio; chromaticism; enharmonic spellings; diminuendo on higher notes

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Chordal; sustained; chromatic throughout; triplet figures in bass clef

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013