How Sweet the Answer

Poet:  Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

Source:  Volume 4: Moore’s Irish Melodies

Date of Composition:  1957

Publication: Boosey & Co., Ltd., 1960

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject: The resounding response of love from one to another.

Range:  F#4 – F#5

Tessitura:  B4 – C#5

Tempo: Flowing; 6/8

Duration:  01:40

Vocal Characteristics: Sweet legato melody; natural rise and fall of phrase; some shorter phrases; dotted eighth and eighth note lilting rhythms

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Rocking eighth note figure in the right hand with left hand interjections crossing hands; octaves in bass clef

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1065

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013