The Little Old Table

Poet: Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Source:  Winter Words

Date of Composition:  1953 (Mar. – Sep.)

Publication: Boosey & Hawkes, 1953

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  This table’s creak will bear my painful story forever.

Range:  E4 – G5

Tessitura:  G#4 – D#5

Tempo:  Quick and light; 2/4

Duration:  01:15

Vocal Characteristics: Pointillistic eighth note melody; text painting; immediately descends from top of the range; a few melismas that all descend with chromatic alterations;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Constant eighth notes in right hand with episodic melodic gestures in the left hand

Additional Comments: Manuscript does not include numerical tempo indication

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