Lines Written During a Sleepless Night

Poet:  Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837)

Source: The Poet’s Echo

Date of Composition:  1965 (Aug. 23)

Publication: Faber Music Ltd., 1967*

Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject:  The poet cannot sleep, plagued by voices in his head.

Range:  C4 – Ab5

Tessitura:  A4 – Eb5

Tempo: Andante; 4/4

Duration:  03:46

Vocal Characteristics: Requires pitch independence; jarring tied, duple/triple eighth motive demonstrating unease of mind; demands advanced technique

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Placid moving eighth-notes, interjected with sharp accented quarters; contrary motion in some gestures;

Additional Comments: Markings in parenthesis are not editor’s markings, but Britten’s; they do appear in the manuscript; the indication of (con Ped.) in ms. 51 does not appear in the manuscript; Translations in the Faber score by Pears; Britten Thematic Catalog

© Nicholas Perna and Mandy Spivak 2013