Who are These Children?

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 scene of a town during wartime.

Range:  D4 – G5

Tessitura:  F4 – E5

Tempo: Lively; 2/4

Duration:  02:15

Vocal Characteristics: Jumps of fourths and fifths related to the hunting theme; quarter triplets across measures with octave leaps among them; independence of vocal line; free recitative-like section at the end of the song

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Imitative hunting horn cry; multiple triplet figures that span two octaves; repetitive section without notation

Additional Comments: Meter changes; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC1144

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013