Being Beauteous

Poet:  Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891)

Source:  Les Illuminations

Date of Composition:  1939 (Mar. 16)*

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1944

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  A picture of a dying beauty.

Range:  Ab3 – G#5 (C4 – G#5)

Tessitura: F#4 – E5

Tempo: Lento ma comodo; 4/4

Duration:  03:27

Vocal Characteristics: Duple eighth notes against triplet feel in the piano; triplet figures with odd intervallic patterns; staccato, ascending sixteenth note scale; long passage with sustained E5;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Piano transcription by the composter; Repetitive triplet eighth note chords; ascending and descending sixteenth note scalar passages;

Additional Comments: *The dedicatee is Peter Neville Luard Pears.

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013