An Afternoon in February

Poet:  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Source: 12 Songs for the Mezzo-Soprano and Contralto Voice

Date of Composition:  c. 1924

Publication: Home Songs 21 Kirkley Cliff Rd. Lowestoft; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  A painful winter day

Range:  F#4 – A5

Tessitura:  A4 – F#5

Tempo:  not indicated; 6/8

Duration:  01:10

Vocal Characteristics: High lying phrases; wordy; sixteenth-note melismatic passages; alternate lower pitches for some of the high phrases

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Many shifts of clef between hands; moving independent voices within the hand that are mostly scalar

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