Bonny at Morn (E. F. A.)

Poet:  N/A

Source:  Eight Folksong Arrangements

Date of Composition:  1976 (Apr. – Jun.)

Publication: Eight Folksong Arrangements

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  A lullaby.

Range:  Eb4 – F5

Tessitura:  F4 – C5

Tempo: [Gently rocking]; 6/4

Duration:  02:39

Vocal Characteristics: Requires some pitch independence; ascending and descending octave leaps;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Both hands in treble clef for the first two verses; undulating eighth notes in left hand with right hand melodic interjections; detached chordal section; undulating section reverses hands

Additional Comments: For harp and voice; transcribed for piano by Colin Matthews in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements. *Words and melody from North countrie ballads, songs and pipe tunes, arr. W. Gillies Whittaker (J. Curwen & Sons), n.d.  Britten made an earlier arrangement of this song for voice and guitar in ca. October 1958, which was included in volume 6 of the Folk Song Arrangements. Although different, the two accompaniments share one or two brief melodic patterns.

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1175

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