Birthday Song for Erwin

Poet:  Ronald Duncan (1914-1982)

Source: The Red Cockatoo & other songs

Date of Composition:  1945 (Oct. – Nov.)

Publication: Faber Music Limited © 1994

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  A tribute to a man’s birth.

Range:  Db4 – G#5

Tessitura:  A4 – E5

Tempo: Allegro moderato; 3/4

Duration:  01:04

Vocal Characteristics: Dotted eighth and triplet syncopations; two descending seventh intervals; a few sustained F#5s

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Parallel ascending, repetitive thirds, with syncopated left hand

Additional Comments: Meter shifts from 3/4 to 4/4

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013