Sweet Polly Oliver

Poet:  Old English Tune

Source:  Volume 3: British Isles

Date of Composition:  1945 (pre. Sep. 26)

Publication: Boosey & Co., Ltd., 1947

Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderately Easy

Subject:  A young girl poses as a soldier and nurse’s her love back to health.

Range:  C#4 – F#5

Tessitura:  E4 – E5

Tempo: With movement; 3/4

Duration:  01:38

Vocal Characteristics: Arching phrases that quickly descend from upper register; moving eighth-notes

Piano Difficulty Level: Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Octaves between hands; a round with the voice; melody continues in right hand while left hand accompanies; the hands then switch the two devices

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013