Black Day

Poet:  William Soutar (1898-1943)

Source:  Who Are These Children?

Date of Composition:  1969 (Spring-Summer)

Publication: Faber Music, 1972

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Fear residing in a youngster. (Scottish dialect)

Range:  D#4 – G5

Tessitura:  G4 – E5

Tempo: Fast and violent; (4/4)

Duration:  00:29

Vocal Characteristics: Difficult pick-up based entrances; jumpy vocal lines after jagged entrances; octave leap

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Fast and jumpy dotted rhythms;

Additional Comments: Unmarked meter changes; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1144

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013