A Country Dance (From Tennyson’s “Foresters”)

Poet:  Alfred Lord Tennyson (1802-1892)

Source: manuscript book

Date of Composition:  1923

Publication: manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy

Subject:  The king has returned to Sherwood; all will have their own again

Range:  Bb3 – G5

Tessitura:  Eb 4– Bb4

Tempo:  not indicated; 6/4

Duration:  01:50

Vocal Characteristics:  Begins with detached quarters and then becomes legato; arching phrases

Piano Difficulty Level:  Easy

Accompaniment Characteristics:  Mostly chordal; a few moving passages

Additional Comments:  Key change from E-flat major to D-flat major and back; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC89

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013