Poet:  Rudyard Kipling* (1869-1936)

Source:  12 Songs for the Mezzo-Soprano and Contralto Voice

Date of Composition:  c. 1922

Publication: Home Songs 21 Kirkley Cliff Rd. Lowestoft; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Subject:  Sarcastic tribute to the African Fuzzy-Wuzzy who, despite their heathenism, fought bravely against the British.

Range:  A3 – F#5

Tessitura: D4 – D5

Tempo:  no indication; 12/8

Duration:  02:20

Vocal Characteristics:  Measure of sustained F5-sharp; dialect; militaristic rhythms, but jovial; some sixteenth and eighth syncopation; a few chromatic lines

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics:  Fairly chordal; some inside voice independence; some syncopation; very marcato

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC21

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013