The Sailor's Consolation

Poet:  Wiliam Pitt (d. 1840)

Source: Brown manuscript book

Date of Composition:  1924 (Aug.)

Publication: manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Its better to be in the storm at sea than tied down at home

Range:  Bb3 – G#5

Tessitura:  D4 – D5

Tempo:  not indicated; 6/8

Duration:  02:10

Vocal Characteristics:  Fairly aggressive; requires range extension both high and low; fermata on G5; sustained Ab5; some chromatics; 8v leaps;

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Flourishing sixteenth-note scales to represent the storm; chromatic; some difficult rhythms

Additional Comments: Quite a few key changes and tempo shifts;  Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC209

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013