Epitaph: The Clerk

Poet:  Herbert Asquith (1881-1947)

Source:  Three early songs for medium voice and piano

Date of Composition:  1926

Publication:  Faber Music Limited; © 1985 (post.)

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

 Subject:  Death will come despite hard work

Range:  C4 – F5

Tessitura:  F4 – C5

Tempo: Steady and rhythmic;

Duration:  00:45

 Vocal Characteristics:  Simple and descending vocal lines; some step-wise chromaticism

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

 Accompaniment:  Heavy triplet figures in both clefs; chromatic; unsupportive of vocal line in first 8 mm.; duple vs. triple rhythm between hands; bass clef heavy

 Additional Comments: *Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC404

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