To…(To Barbara)

Poet:  Percy B. Shelly (1792-1822)

Source:  single song

Date of Composition:  c. 1924 (Nov.)

Publication: manuscript; not available for performance

Voice Difficulty Level: Moderately Easy

Subject:   Love’s devotion

Range:  A#2 – D#4

Tessitura:  F#3 – D#4

Tempo:  not indicated; 3/4

Duration:  01:15

Vocal Characteristics: Simple, legato melody; almost folk-like; three phrases contain the option of singing the melody an 8v higher making this song more difficult

Piano Difficulty Level:  Easy

Accompaniment Characteristics: Chordal throughout; counter-melody in bass clef

Additional Comments: Difficulty level would raise for the voice if the notes in the optional 8v were sung; Britten Thematic Catalog http://www.brittenproject.org/works/BTC213

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013