There Was a Crooked Man

Poet: Britten’s source is not identified

Source:  Nursery Rhymes

Date of Composition:  1927 (Jan.)

Publication:  manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy

Subject: About the crooked man

Range:  D4 – Eb5

Tessitura: G4 – C5

Tempo:  not indicated; 2/2

Duration:  00:25

Vocal Characteristics:  Descending phrases; repeated eighth-notes; syllabic setting

Piano Difficulty Level:  Easy

Accompaniment Characteristics: Sparse at beginning; becomes more involved towards end with sixteenth and eighth rhythms

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013