When you're feeling like expressing your affection

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973), attr.*

Source: The Red Cockatoo & other songs

Date of Composition:  1935 (c.Sep. – Nov.)

Publication: Faber Music Limited © 1994

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderate

Subject:  Telephone operators message to a lover

Range:  C4 – F5

Tessitura:  A4 – F5

Tempo: Vivace; C

Duration:  00:43

Vocal Characteristics: Bouncy dotted rhythms, jumpy melody, alternating min.-Maj. 3rds, wordy

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythms, jazz harmonies, hand position changes rapidly

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC790 

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013