Proverb III

Poet:  William Blake (1757-1827)

Source:  Songs and Proverbs of William Blake

Date of Composition:  1965 (Apr. 6)

Publication: Faber, 1965

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult*

 Subject:  A view on friendship.

Range:  C4 – B4

Tessitura:  C4 – B4

Tempo:  As at the start

Duration:  00:35

Vocal Characteristics: Requires pitch and rhythmic independence; step-wise motion; slow triplet figures

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Descending, five-octave cascade; quarter note octaves arranged in twelve-tone fashion (not strictly serial)

Additional Comments: *The difficulty level reflects only that of these few seconds of music; due to the fact that this would likely never be performed without the following song, which is in the ‘Difficult’ category, it is more likely to fall a level higher than indicated above.    

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