A Charm

Poet:  William Blake (1757-1827)

Source:  A Charm of Lullabies

Date of Composition:  1947 (Nov.-17 Dec.)

Publication: A Charm of Lullabies; Boosey & Hawkes, 1949

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

 Subject:  Go to sleep, now, or horrible things will happen!

Range:  A#3 – E5

Tessitura:  D4 – C#5

Tempo:  Largamentead libitum; 4/4

Duration:  01:34

 Vocal Characteristics: Awkward intervals; scalar in nature with unanticipated scale tones; slow, jumpy, aggressive section;

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: 7/4 meter distorts the downbeat of the sequence in the left hand which consistently alternates with off beat eighth note clusters; rolled chords; tremolo chords

Additional Comments: Meter and tempo changes; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1013

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013