Cradle Song

Poet:  Louise MacNeice (1907-1963)

Source: The Red Cockatoo & other songs

Date of Composition:  c. 1942 (Sep.)

Publication: Faber Music Limited © 1994

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  A lullaby

Range:  Bb3 – Ab5

Tessitura:  F4 – F5

Tempo: Very slow and rhythmic; 12/8

Duration:  02:42

Vocal Characteristics: Sustained F5; lilting blues melody;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Varying accompaniment figures including rolled chords; standard 12/8 blues accompaniment; parallel scales in octaves

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