Les Nuits de Juin

Poet:  Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Source:  Quatre Chansons Françaises

Date of Composition:  1928 (Jun. 17 – Aug. 21)

Publication: Faber Music, 1982*

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  Awaiting the coming dawn.

Range:  C4 - G5

Tessitura:  F#4 - D5

Tempo: Lento e molto rubato; C

Duration:  02:30

Vocal Characteristics: Short phrases; syllabic, free melodic line; chromatic motion at times; recitative-like sections; varying rhythmic figures

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Orchestral reduction; multi-voiced; myriad of technical elements; sextuplets and triplets; rhythmically challenging

Additional Comments: Rubato throughout; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC587

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