Depression

Poet:  Po Chü-i (772-846)

Source:  Songs from the Chinese

Date of Composition:  1957 (Autumn)

Publication: Songs from the Chinese, Boosey & Hawkes 1959

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  The reality of aging.

Range:  Eb4 – Gb5

Tessitura:  G4 – C5

Tempo:  Very slow and tired; 4/4

Duration:  01:13

Vocal Characteristics: Quartal based melody; conversation with the guitar; emphasis of words with repeated notes; chromatic ascension on final two notes

Guitar Difficulty Level: 

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Additional Comments: Manuscript does not include numerical marking of tempo; the breath indication in mm. 12 is Britten’s and appears in the manuscript


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