The Brisk Young Widow

Poet:  Cecil Sharp (1859-1924)

Source:  Volume V: British Isles

Date of Composition:  1959 (pre Jun. 22)*

Publication: Boosey & Co., Ltd., 1961

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy

Subject:  The farmer courts a widow and loses her to a richer man.

Range:  D4 – F#5

Tessitura:  A4 – D5

Tempo: Brisk; 2/2

Duration:  01:37

Vocal Characteristics: Short phrases; descending skips; multiple verses of syllabic lines

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment: Echoing rhythmic motives between hands; punctuated, highly rhythmic chords while accompanying the voice

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