Dirge

Poet:  anon (15th century)

Source:  Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings

Date of Composition:  1943 (Mar. – Apr.)

Publication: Boosey & Co., Ltd. 1943

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  An evening death processional.

Range:  F#4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  G4 – G5

Tempo: Alla marcia grave; 4/4

Duration:  04:02

Vocal Characteristics: Repetitive, high-lying phrases; semi-tone motion in passaggio; ascending octave slurs; requires pitch and rhythmic independence

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Both hands in bass clef; octave quintuplets, eighths, quarters, triplets; multiple rhythmic devices; sixteenths against triplets; varying, and ever changing rhythms

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