Independence

Poet:  Charles Reade (1721-1771)

Source:  12 Songs for the Mezzo-Soprano and Contralto Voice

Date of Composition:  1924 (Aug.)

Publication: Home Songs 21 Kirkley Cliff Rd. Lowestoft; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderately Easy

Subject:  Patriotic battle song

Range:  A3 – A4

Tessitura:  B3 – E4

Tempo:  no indication; 4/4

Duration:  01:00

Vocal Characteristics:  Hymn-like; step-wise motion; simple rhythms; lies low

Piano Difficulty Level: Easy

Accompaniment Characteristics:  Doubles melody in vocal line; parallel thirds for most of song; mostly single note bass clef

Additional Comments: Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC208

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013