The Larky Lad

Poet:  William Soutar (1898-1943)

Source:  Who Are These Children?

Date of Composition:  1969 (Spring-Summer)

Publication: Faber Music, 1972

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  A mischievous boy mocks the gentry. (Scottish dialect)

Range:  D4 – Gb5

Tessitura:  F#4 – F5

Tempo: Fast; 4/4 – 2/4

Duration:  00:38

Vocal Characteristics: Wordy, jumpy melody; a few high-lying phrases; sustained F5 with diminuendo; entrances can be a challenge

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Contrary motion quarter notes; Grace note, accented down beats at the end of every phrase; alternating octave eighth notes between hands;

Additional Comments: Mixed meter with noted changes; Britten Thematic Catalog

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