Now the Leaves are Falling Fast

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  On This Island

Date of Composition:  1937 (May 27)

Publication:  Boosey & Hawkes, 1938

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject: A potent desire to move from one thing to another.

Range:  Ab3 – Bb5 (C4 – Ab5)

Tessitura:  G4 – Eb5

Tempo: Lento; 4/4

Duration:  02:25

Vocal Characteristics: Slow moving sixteenth notes in step-wise motion; sustained G5 at the end of a long phrase

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Repetitive eighth notes in right hand with left hand interjections; some chromatic movement; remains mostly within an octave in each hand

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog

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