Proverb IV

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:  Wisdom on how to spend a day. (With sleepless anguish)**

Range:  C#4 – Bb4

Tessitura:  C#4 – Bb4

Tempo:  As at the start

Duration:  00:40

Vocal Characteristics: Half steps followed by whole steps;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Slow moving quarter note octaves

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.

**Britten commonly uses the tone set (0, 1, 2) with the vocal line singing PC 1 to represent the inability to find restful sleep; An further example would be “Sonnet” from the Serenade in a more tonal landscape, and also “O might those sighes” from Donne

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