My Hoggie

Poet:  Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Source:  A Birthday Hansel

Date of Composition: 1975 (21 Mar.)

Publication: 4 Burns Songs

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult 

Subject:  The dog almost killed the sheep thinking it was the fox.

Range:  C4 – Ab5 (C4 – Bb5)

Tessitura:  G4 – Eb5

Tempo: Agitated but not fast; 6/8

Duration:  01:36

Vocal Characteristics: Bouncy, jilted melody; jumpy; independent line; a lyric elegant section; syncopation throughout

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Heavy pedantic chords; challenging rhythmic gestures amidst simple gestures; ascending flourishes; sixteenth murmuring in left hand; alternating sixteenth note chords between hands

Additional Comments: Scottish Dialect; meter changes; originally for harp, arranged for piano;

*Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1163

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013