The Queen of Hearts

Poet: Britten’s source is not identified

Source:  Nursery Rhymes

Date of Composition:  1927 (Jan.)

Publication:  manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject: The Queen of Heart’s tarts

Range:  C4 – F5

Tessitura: F4 – D5

Tempo:  Presto Vivace; 6/8

Duration:  00:15

Vocal Characteristics:  Jumpy melody; wordy text

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Fast, chordal dotted quarter; sometimes doubles vocal melody line; difficult syncopation in bass clef four measures from the end

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013