The Shooting of His Dear

Collector: E. J. Moeran (1894-1950)

Source:  Volume 6: England

Date of Composition:  1956 (Mar. 21)

Publication: Boosey & Co., Ltd., 1961

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  Jimmy shot his love in error.

Range:  E4 – F#5

Tessitura:  F#4 – D#5

Tempo: Rather quick – dramatic; 3/4

Duration:  01:37

Vocal Characteristics: Requires pitch and rhythmic independence; declamatory melody; characters; fermata on F#5 each verse;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Strong rhythmic impulse on unexpected, irregular beats; quintuplet flourishes; arpeggiated triplet figures; 32nd note “murmuring”

Additional Comments: For guitar and voice; transcribed for piano by Richard Walters in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements.

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