Let the Florid Music Praise

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  On This Island

Date of Composition:  1937 (Oct. 12)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1938

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately difficult

Subject: A hymn of praise to a shallow lover.

Range:  C#4 – A5

Tessitura:  A4 – D5

Tempo: Maestoso – non troppo presto; C

Duration:  03:26

Vocal Characteristics: Seven measure long melisma outlining entire range; drastic character shift at mid-point; long phrases

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Parallel sixteenth passages interspersed with chordal sections; chromaticism;

Additional Comments: Never leaving a quarter pulse, multiple meter changes; Complete tempo shift at mid-point; 

Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC836

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