The Birds

Poet:  Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953)

Source:  n/a

Date of Composition:  1929 

Publication:  Boosey and Company © 1935

Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderately Easy

Subject: A picture of divine humility.

Range:  B3 – F5

Tessitura:  E4 – C5

Tempo: Andante con moto; 2/2

Duration:  01:22

Vocal Characteristics: Short, two-measure phrases; tuneful melody

Piano Difficulty Level:  Easy 

Accompaniment Chracteristics: Simple beginning; easily fits the hand; gradually increasing rhythmic difficulty

Additional Comments:  Sweet song; often considered Britten’s “first song”


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