The Stream in the Valley

Poet:  translated by Iris Holland Rogers

Source:  German Folk Song

Date of Composition: 1946 (pre-Nov. 21)

Publication: Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements, Benjamin Britten: Complete Folk Song Arrangements, Boosey & Hawkes 2001

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

Subject:  Parting ways despite love.

Range:  D4 – G5

Tessitura:  G4 – Eb5

Tempo: [Andantino]; 3/4

Duration:  01:58

Vocal Characteristics: Beautiful, simple melody on its own; in this setting the voice is responsible for unconventional key changes

Piano Difficulty Level: Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Flowing eighth notes with varying patterns in the right hand; octave pedal tones in the left hand; chromatic alterations throughout; syncopated lines during interludes; extended hand positions

Additional Comments: Obbligato cello

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