Poet:  Ben Johnson (1573-1637)

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 hymn to the lighting stars.

Range:  Bb3 –Bb5

Tessitura:  F4 – F5

Tempo: Presto e leggiero; 2/4

Duration:  02:17

Vocal Characteristics: Fast, jumpy, detached eighth-note melody; fast triplet runs throughout the range

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Quickly moving chords with rests between statements; staccato contrary motion thirds in both hands; 

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