Death be not proud

Poet:  John Donne (c.1572-1631)

Source:  The Holy Sonnets of John Donne

Date of Composition: 1945 (Aug. 19)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1946

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject: Death, do not be proud, or you will die!

Range:  D#4 – G5

Tessitura:  D#4 – E5

Tempo: Allegro molto moderato e sostenuto; 4/4

Duration:  03:12

Vocal Characteristics: Long, sustained phrases; large intervallic leaps within moving eighth-note phrases; sustained, strong F#5 at the end

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Stepwise octave motion in both hands, while right hand jumps back to the treble clef intermittently; dense accompaniment spanning multiple registers

Additional Comments:  Numerical tempo indication is not in the manuscript; manuscript indicates the duration as 4:00

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