Sonetto XXXVIII (Rendete agli occhi miei)

Poet:  Michelangelo Buonarroti

Source:  Michelangleo Sonnets

Date of Composition:  1940 (Mar. – Oct.)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1943*

Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Subject:  Give me back my tears, since you don’t love me.

Range:  F4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  A4 – C5

Tempo: Allegretto quasi una serenata; 6/8

Duration:  01:48

Vocal Characteristics: Limited range; when the line ascends it immediately descends;

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Consistent eighth notes alternating between hands with grace notes attached to each right hand gesture;

Additional Comments: *Boosey score contains translations by Pears and Elizabeth Mayer

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013