The Auld Aik

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:  The old oak has fallen. (Scottish dialect)

Range:  Eb4 – Gb5

Tessitura:  Eb4 – D5

Tempo: Slow and sad; 3/2

Duration:  01:22

Vocal Characteristics: Phrases start higher in the range and descend; little rhythmic support from the piano

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Chords; a few grace note flourishes;

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013