She's Like the Swallow

Poet:  N/A

Source:  Eight Folksong Arrangements

Date of Composition:  1976 (Apr. – Jun.)

Publication: Eight Folksong Arrangements

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

 Subject:  A description of the beauty of a lost love.

Range:  E4 – G5

Tessitura:  B4 – E5

Tempo: Flowing; 3/4           

Duration:  01:54

 Vocal Characteristics: Long, legato phrases; ascending phrases immediately descend; simple rhythms

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Flowing eighth notes in inner voices; octave melodic line in right hand; octaves in left hand; chordal sections

Additional Comments: For harp and voice; transcribed for piano by Colin Matthews in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements. *Words and melody from Folk songs from Newfoundland collected by Maud Karpeles (Faber & Faber, 1971), no. 83, p. 243.

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1173

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