The Fly

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:  Introspective view on how one’s life can mimick that of a fly.

Range:  Bb3 – F#5

Tessitura:  Bb4 – D5

Tempo:  Moderately quick; 3/4 – 4/4

Duration:  01:55

Vocal Characteristics: Legato, elegant melody in step-wise motion; chromatic scale; whole tone scale; bouncy F#5;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Off-set sixteenth notes in an inner voice; all treble clef; outer voices in thirds or seconds in both hands

Additional Comments: Prior to Proverb VI, the indication is attacca senza pausa in the manuscript

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