Lemady

Poet:  N/A

Source:  Eight Folksong Arrangements

Date of Composition:  1976 (Apr. – Jun.)

Publication: Eight Folksong Arrangements

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

 Subject:  A love song for Lemady.

Range:  B3 – F#5

Tessitura:  F#4 – D#5

Tempo: Gay and lilting; 6/8           

Duration:  01:22

 Vocal Characteristics: Requires pitch and rhythmic independence; begins a capella; alternating time signatures; leaps of octaves and ninths;

 Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

 Accompaniment Characteristics: Harp-like interjections of triplets and 32nd notes; chordal sections; rhythmically diverse; florid writing

 Additional Comments: For harp and voice; transcribed for piano by Colin Matthews in Benjamin Britten: Complete Folksong Arrangements. *Words and melody from Journal of the folk song society, V/19 (June 1915), p. 175.

*From the Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1174

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013