Calypso

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  Cabaret Songs

Date of Composition:  1939 (Summer)

Publication: Cabaret Songs; Faber Music 1980

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

 Subject:  Anxiously riding a train to meet my lover.

Range:  Bb3 – B5

Tessitura:  D4 – B4

Tempo: molto moderato, poco a poco accelerando; 2/4

Duration:  02:10

 Vocal Characteristics: Wordy, syncopated melody; requires extreme range shifts within the phrase

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Syncopated with changing patterns and tempi

 Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC863

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