Poet:  Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

Source:  Three Songs from ‘The Heart of the Matter’

Date of Composition:  1956 (May)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1994

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Survival from the darkness ends in renewal.

Range:  Eb4 – F#5

Tessitura:  Bb4 – Eb5

Tempo: With movement

Duration:  01:23

Vocal Characteristics: Longer phrases; requires messa di voce; high-lying;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Three clefs, double treble; eighth note ties into triplet; excessive rolled chord

Additional Comments: Obbligato horn; The cataloging of this piece as ‘Moderately Difficult’ was due to the added complexity of the poetic interpretation.  The vocal line could classify as ‘Moderate.’ The lack of meter adds to complexity.

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013