Bird Scarer's Song

Poet:  N/A

Source:  Eight Folksong Arrangements

Date of Composition:  1976 (Apr. – Jun.)

Publication: Eight Folksong Arrangements

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

 Subject:  Shooing birds.

Range:  F4 – G5

Tessitura:  B4 – G5

Tempo: Very lively; 6/8

Duration:  00:53

 Vocal Characteristics: A character song; starts on G5 and descends; requires some rhythmic and pitch independence; ascending glissando at the end

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Bouncy staccato octaves between hands; aggressive tremolo; cluster chords; flourish at the end

 Additional Comments: For harp and voice; transcribed for piano by Colin Matthews in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements.  *Words and melody from Journal of the folk song society, II/6 (January 1905), p. 175.

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1179

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013