Prologue (O. H. F.)

Poet:  Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973)

Source:  Our Hunting Fathers

Date of Composition:  1936 (May 13 – Jul. 23)


Voice Difficulty Level: Difficult

Subject: Multi-layered poetic imagery.

Range:  G3 – Ab5 (B3 – Ab5)

Tessitura:  G4 – E5

Tempo: Slow like a recitative; C


Vocal Characteristics: Recitative-like; requires pitch and rhythmic independence; complex rhythms that follow textual flow

Piano Difficulty Level:  Difficult

Accompaniment Characteristics: Orchestral reduction requiring multiple layers of techniques

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