3b Antique

Poet:  Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)

Source:  Les Illuminations

Date of Composition:  1939 (pre Jun. 3)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1944

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately difficult

Subject:  A hymn to Pan’s son.

Range:  D4 – A5

Tessitura:  F4 – F#5

Tempo: Allegretto, un poco mosso; 2/4 (voice), 6/8 (piano)

Duration:  02:06

Vocal Characteristics: Duple against triplet accompaniment; high lying phrases; lengthy melisma that is just off of unison with the piano

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Triplet figures against voice duples; eighth note repetitive chords with jumps out of chord position; counter melody in right hand

Additional Comments: *The dedicatee is Wulff Scherchen.

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC867

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013