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Poet:  Traditional

Source:  Volume 2: France

Date of Composition:  1942 (Dec.)

Publication: Hawkes and Son, Ltd. 1946

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  A bittersweet remembrance of an old shepherdess’s life

Range:  D4 – D5

Tessitura:  A4 – D5

Tempo: Vivace; 2/2

Duration:  01:26

Vocal Characteristics: Syllabic wordy melody; a sort of tongue twister on “tra, la, la” like phrase; simple rhythms

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Fast eighth note duples alternating between hands; with that as a base, more figures are added to the pattern; pedal tones in left hand; detached eighth notes in both hands

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