Nocturne 

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  On This Island

Date of Composition:  1937 (May 5)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1938

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

 Subject: A scene of evening.

Range:  C4 – G#5

Tessitura:  G#4 – C#5

Tempo: Andante piacevole; 6/4

Duration:  03:52

Vocal Characteristics: Long, legato phrases in ascending outlined arpeggios; natural arsis and thesis; semi-strophic; penultimate phrase includes chromatic approach from G5 – G#5

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Chordal; chromatic

Additional Comments: ms. 5, left hand F#, is G# in manuscript; ms. 16, manuscript has the pp one beat later, and the ten. is not indicated; these are both true for vs. 2 as well; ms. 53, the manuscript does not have the indication (parlante); ms. 54, the accent on the word “force” is not indicated in the manuscript; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC836

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