Chansons d'Automne

Poet:  Paul Verlaine (1844-1896)

Source:  Quatre Chansons Françaises

Date of Composition:  1928 (Jun. 17 – Aug. 21)

Publication: Faber Music, 1982*

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Mournful song nearing life's end.

Range:  C#4 - F#5

Tessitura:  F#4 - C5

Tempo: Moderato con molto moto ma sempre colla voce; C

Duration:  02:10

Vocal Characteristics: Speech-like lines; high-lying final phrase

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Orchestral reduction; multiple lines between hands; tremolo throughout; detailed dynamic shifts

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC587

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