Poet:  John Lydgate (c. 1370-c. 1452)

Source: single song

Date of Composition:  1955

Publication: Published in The Grasshopper; School magazine for Gresham’s School, on the occasion of their 400th anniversary

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

 Subject:  A hymn to Farfield

Range:  C4 – G5

Tessitura:  E4 – E5

Tempo:  not indicated; 6/8

Duration:  01:15 

Vocal Characteristics: Short phrases; 8v jumps; syncopation

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Bass clef is dotted quarter-note chords for the entire song; treble clef is more intricate melody; sixteenth-note scales; syncopations

Additional Comments: Gresham’s School holds the copyright for this song, which while listed in Britten’s catalog of published works, is not readily available for performance.  *Britten's note at the end states 'Lines from the Testament of John Lydgate (The Monk of Bury) lived about 1370-1452 but they still apply. . .' Composed for the 1955 issue of Grasshopper, the school magazine of Gresham's School, Holst, which celebrated the 400th anniversary of the school's foundation. The song was reproduced as a facsimile of the fair copy. Farfield had been Britten's house while he was at the school (1928-30).

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1052

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013