The Joy of Grief

Poet:  Alfred Lord Tennyson (1802-1892)

Source:  Six songs

Date of Composition:  1926 (4 Dec.)

Publication:  manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level:  Moderately Easy

Subject: It is better to have loved and lost, than to not have loved

Range:  E4 – F#5

Tessitura: E4 – F#5

Tempo: Lento Pathètico; 3/4

Duration:   01:30

Vocal Characteristics: Sustained, short melody (16 mm.); very approachable

Piano Difficulty Level:  Moderate

Accompaniment Characteristics: Sustained; moving inner voices; chromatic

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013