Riddle (The Child You Were)

Poet:  William Soutar (1898-1943)

Source:  Who Are These Children?

Date of Composition:  1969 (Spring-Summer)

Publication: Faber Music, 1972

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  Literally, a riddle. (Scottish dialect)

Range:  D4 – F5

Tessitura:  F4 – A#5

Tempo: Lightly (not fast); 2/2

Duration:  00:54

Vocal Characteristics: Syllabic speech-like melody; natural flow of text; independence of pitch

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Alternating chords between hands;

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1144

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013