At Day Close in November

Poet:  Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Source:  Winter Words

Date of Composition:  1953 (Mar. – Sep.)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1953

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  An examination of one’s life through nature.

Range:  D4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  G4 – D5

Tempo:  Quick and impetuous; 3/4

Duration:  02:08

Vocal Characteristics: Consistently shifting chromatic accidentals; leaps to high range and then quickly descends; hemiola feel;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Recurring duple against triple alternating hand flourishes intersperced with chordal accompaniment

Additional Comments: Numerical tempo indication is not in the manuscript

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