The sun shines down

Poet: Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  Fish in the Unruffled Lakes

Date of Composition:  1937 (Oct.)

Publication: Fish in the Unruffled Lakes, Boosey & Hawkes, 1997

 Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Difficult

 Subject:  Another run-of-the-mill day.

Range:  Bb3 – G5

Tessitura:  Bb3 – D5

Tempo: Andante grazioso; 6/8

Duration:  03:08

Vocal Characteristics: Lilting rhythm; even amounts of leaps and step-wise motion; low lying wordy phrases; repetitive notes; chromatic motion; concludes with sustained G5 after ascending scale

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Graceful left hand rhythmic figure with moving inconsistent sixteenth note patterns; “question and answer” scales between hands; ascending chromatic scale in whole step dissonance; moving eighth notes in contrary motion

Additional Comments:  Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC834

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013